Update: 7 Charged With Trespassing Following Incident At West Johnston High School

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 7 teenagers in connection with Friday’s incident at West Johnston High School on Raleigh Road near Benson.

Around 11:00am, the seven individuals went to the school on the pretense of picking up a West Johnston student.  They were confronted by school staff and a Johnston County sheriff’s office school resource officer.

Several of the individuals failed to comply with the resource officers commands and continued moving into the school, according to Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell.

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies at West Johnston High School. JoCoReport.com Photo

Following a brief struggle, the resource officer  was able to detain 4 of the individuals while the 3 others fled on foot.

As a precaution the school was placed on lockdown as additional law enforcement officers responded to the scene to assist the resource officer secure the campus and look for the 3 persons who fled.

The 3 suspects were located less than an hour later and detained.  No weapon was located on any of the seven suspects.

Multiple law enforcement officers converge at the front of West Johnston High after a school resource officer called for assistance around 11:00am Friday. JoCoReport.com Photo

Four of the suspects are juveniles ages 14 and 15.  They are facing second degree trespassing charges and because of their ages were issued juvenile petitions and were released into the custody of their parents Friday afternoon.

The other three were identified as Joel Luna-Bernal, 16; Jay Anthony Contrereas, 17; and Luis Daniel Garay, 16, all of Raleigh.  They were taken before a magistrate and given a $50,000 bond each before being booked into the Johnston County Jail.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell (wearing blue jacket) addresses a crowd of approximately 100 parents who gathered at the main entrance to West Johnston High Friday afternoon. JoCoReport.com Photo
Anxious parents gather at the front entrance at West Johnston High on Raleigh Road. JoCoReport.com Photo

The incident involving the 7 individuals is still ongoing.

Sheriff’s Captain Danny Johnson stands next to a NC Highway Patrol car outside West Johnston High. Two state troopers in bullet proof vests and helmets are pictured in the background. JoCoReport.com Photo