Eastern Wake News

March 20, 2014

Knightdale charges former football player had gun at high school

A Raleigh man was arrested at Knightdale High School on Wednesday afternoon and charged with having a 9 mm Glock handgun on school property as well as with marijuana possession.

A Raleigh man was arrested at Knightdale High School, charged with having a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun on school property Wednesday as well as marijuana possession.

An arrest warrant accused Keith Clark, 21, of 2904 Red Clay Drive with having a gun on educational property, possessing 10 grams of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute it and maintaining a 2002 Saturn as a place to keep and sell drugs.

All three charges are felonies.

Knightdale police arrested Clark at 3 p.m. at the school on Bryan Chalk Lane, record said.

Police originally thought Clark volunteered with the school’s athletic department and was assisting with a practice, but Knightdale High School’s Athletic Director Guy Blough said Clark was a former football player who would come visit his old coaches and teachers.

Clark played for Knightdale in the 2009 football season, although other seasons were not able to be confirmed.

Blough said Clark signed in with the school as required and visited with a weight training coach and a vocational teacher.

If Clark was officially assisting any coach at the school, he would have had to go through an application process that incudes background checks, Blough said. He would also have had to complete an online class about coaching fundamentals.

Clark did not have the firearm on his body and instead, left it in his car. When parents came to pick up students from practice, they saw it in the vehicle and let School Resource Officer Pete Smith know.

Lashley said there is no indication the firearm was not stolen and Clark has no previous firearm charges.

Clark was released on $15,000 bail and ordered to appear in court Thursday, March 20.

A magistrate also made not returning to the school a condition of his release.

Staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report

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