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He probably should've found a better place to hunt and play hookie.....
my observation:.....Even Alabama is starting to get SCARED of guns!!!!!....BTW, Huntsville, AL. is FULL of LIBS!!!


16-year-old Squirrel Hunter Sends Hampton Cove Schools Into Lockdown
Youth charged with disorderly conduct for causing alarm on the greenway.

By Nick Carter
Posted Monday December 22 2008, 3:46 PM

On the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the quiet Hampton Cove community in southeast Huntsville, two schools went into lockdown for more than an hour when someone out for a morning walk spotted a gunman in a wooded area near the schools.

At about 8:15 a.m., students at Hampton Cove Elementary and Hampton Cove Middle schools were just settling into their first classes of the morning. Thoughts of the taco lunch scheduled that day at the cafeteria had not yet had time to creep into their minds when the school went into lockdown. All the doors were bolted, and no one was allowed in or out of the buildings as at least five units from the Huntsville Police Department were dispatched to the scene to cover the perimeter of the elementary and middle school complex, said Huntsville Police Sgt. Mark Roberts.

The concerned citizen who reported the gunman had been out for a walk on the greenway across the road and 500 yards from the schools. The greenway is sort of a park that stretches along a creek that runs through the area. It is used mostly for walking, jogging or bicycling. The gunman was a 16-year-old Huntsville boy who was hunting squirrels with his 12-gauge shotgun.

“They locked down the schools as a matter of policy,” said Roberts. “It’s a precautionary measure. Any time there is a threat to the school, they lock it down and don’t allow anyone in or out until we get there.”

According to Roberts, the call came in as an armed subject on the greenway, and police did not initially know they were dealing with a 16-year-old small-game hunter. The youth was found exiting the greenway into a nearby subdivision at about 9:30 a.m.

“He was very apologetic. He told us what happened, and said he was stupid to be hunting there. He knew he wasn’t supposed to be hunting there,” said Roberts. “We have some problems over there, because it’s some good hunting. But usually it’s people trying to slip in there with their bows.”

There is no ordinance that prohibits firearms on the Huntsville area greenways, but there is an ordinance against discharging firearms within the city limits, and hunting is not allowed on greenway properties.

After the initial scare, the schools went back to business as usual. The youth was charged with disorderly conduct for causing alarm on the greenway. The charge is a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500, said Roberts, who also added that judges have a lot of discretion when it comes to the sentencing of juveniles.

At presstime, Huntsville police were also considering charging the youth with hunting without permission.

Roberts said he did not know what the youth was doing in the woods instead of school at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday. The boy does attend a Huntsville-area high school.

The only consolation for the boy is, he did have a squirrel when he was arrested. That’s an expensive morning of hunting bushytails, and someone needs to find that boy a place to hunt.
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