Maury High School prom king graduates amid controversy
A Maury High School student who was charged with 19 felonies in connection with a shooting graduated with honors Tuesday night.
The student played football at Maury High School was released from jail and voted prom king by the senior class. A school board member said the board would be reviewing policies in light of the incident.
The charges were related to a shooting May 14 around 6 p.m. when emergency communications received a 911 call for a gunshot victim in the 2400 block of Lafayette Boulevard. Norfolk Police Department said officers found a juvenile male victim with an injury that was not life-threatening. Paramedics transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.
An investigation revealed the victim had been standing in the area with a juvenile male acquaintance when the suspects drove by in a 2004 Silver Buick Century along with a 3-year-old child. Witnesses told police the vehicle, passed the block several times before one of the male juveniles inside displayed a gun and shot in the direction of a residence.
The student from Maury drove the vehicle away from the scene and an alert was released to officers with the description of the vehicle. Police stopped the group at Onley and Whitaker Lane, discovered weapons, and detained the suspects.
According to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, two suspects were also charged and remain incarcerated. The Maury student was charged with 19 felonies, including eight counts of use of a firearm, six counts of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of malicious wounding, one count of conspiracy, one count of gang participation, and one count of child endangerment.
The student’s lawyer, Norfolk City Councilman Andrew Protogyrou, said he heard his client tried to stop the shooter. He also said his client was not a threat to the school community.
“He was not only judged not a threat to the school community, he was judged not a threat to the community as a whole because the court had to make such an understanding in its finding to release him on bail,” Protogyrou said.
According to a school board policy posted online, “Students are subject to corrective action for any misconduct that occurs … off school property, when the acts lead to a charge that would be a felony, if committed by an adult.”
Norfolk City Public Schools would not comment on this story.
Protogyrou said Norfolk School Board Chairman who is his client’s pastor, testified on his behalf at his bond hearing.
A family member said the student is an innocent child who just gave someone a ride. He is due back in court on June 30.
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