SC JROTC instructor charged with pointing gun

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CAMDEN, S.C. — A junior ROTC instructor at Camden High School has been charged with pointing a gun at a 12-year-old boy.

Fifty-one-year-old Timothy Loren Webb of Lugoff was arrested Jan. 19 and has been suspended with pay while the case is investigated.

Webb is accused of pointing a gun at a neighbor's 12-year-old son when he tried to retrieve his dog from Webb's yard. The boy told Kershaw County sheriff's deputies that Webb pointed the gun at the dog and then the boy, saying he would shoot the dog if he came on his property.

Webb's attorney, Deborah Butcher, says her client was carrying a flashlight during the Dec. 20 confrontation, not a gun.

School district spokeswoman Mary Anne Byrd says Webb as been at Camden High since 2007 and works with the drill and rifle team in the fall.

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Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 01/25/11 - 05:19 pm
Only going on what was

Only going on what was written in this very short article, I'm siding with the JROTC instructor. Even though it doesn't say it in the article, Webb has to be either currently in the military or is retired. This leads me to believe that the man knows how to handle a weapon and knows when and where to use it...and not to use it. Remember, he works with the school's rifle team. Now, I'm not saying that this instructor is not a hard-[filtered word]...I'm sure he is. I remember a story about a drill-team instructor at my high school. This guy was so mean and tough! One of the members of his drill team couldn't keep a stupid smirk off of his mug, even with this instructor screaming in his face. Well, this instructor grabbed the "weapon" (never call it a gun!) out of the kid's hands, and drove it into the ground about 6 inches!! Practice was then called off, and the rest of the team let the smirking guy know that they didn't appreciate them being put through that! He didn't do it again. I'll also bet that that little 12 year old doesn't let his dog over in the yard again also!

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