ROCKINGHAM — A teen has been criminally charged with bringing a weapon onto the campus of Richmond Senior High School.
Sheriff Mark Gulledge confirmed Tuesday afternoon that 18-year-old Taylin Isaih Paulk is the student who was reportedly found with a rifle in the back seat of his vehicle earlier in the day.
Richmond County Jail records showed Paulk was booked at 10:25 a.m. and is charged with one felony count of having a gun on educational property.
He was given a $2,500 secured bond and was released just before 3:35 p.m. Records show Paulk has a court date set for Nov. 18.
According to state statute, it is a Class I felony to have a firearm on educational property, which includes: “Any school building or bus, school campus, grounds, recreational area, athletic field, or other property owned, used, or operated by any board of education or school board of trustees, or directors for the administration of any school.”
Online court records show Paulk has no other pending criminal charges, but does have a court appearance scheduled next January in Union County for traffic citations of speeding, reckless driving to endanger and driving with a revoked license.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.