Fuquay Varina Middle School students terrified after gun goes off

On Thursday, Dec. 8, Fuquay-Varina Middle School released students from school early after a student fired a gun at a window. The student and gun have both been apprehended and no one was harmed in the incident.

Late Thursday evening, a secure custody order was issued by the Wake County Sheriff’s office for the 12-year-old middle school student. Officials said a juvenile petition has been ordered and filed.

Deputies also charged Seth Lanterman-Schneider, of Willow Spring, for violating a general statute that covers “storage of firearms to protect minors.” The charge is a class 1 misdemeanor.

Officials say that there was no direct threat to students during the incident. 

One could only imagine the thoughts that parents had racing through their heads while reading texts from their frightened children.

“I was very, very scared,” said Rachiv Bindra via ABC 11. 

Parents were relieved to hear that nobody was hurt when they arrived to pick up their children on Thursday morning.

According to eyewitness accounts, the sixth grader fired the gun while pulling the firearm out of his backpack.

“We all kind of hid on the corner of the classroom that’s next to the door and we close our lights, and the blinds and it was code red so we had to be quiet and lock the door,” said Jahnavi Pancholi via ABC 11.

Shockingly enough, this was the second incident of this nature in Wake County this week. On Thursday, Wakefield schools responded to a phoned threat. Fortunately, that threat was deemed not credible. 

“Hopefully it’s going to stop these things,” Bindra said via ABC 11. “I don’t understand why they do nothing about this. They should stop this.” 

Classes are canceled this Friday in order to give students time to process the situation at home with their families.