Student Video of Weapon on School Property leads to arrest of teacher
On May 8, 2019, the School Resource Officer at Paisley Middle School began an investigation into an allegation that a video posted on social media depicted a student in possession of a firearm at the school May 7, 2019. Through the investigation, the School Resource Officer confirmed the existence of the video and identified the juvenile student. This juvenile will hereinafter be referred to as “Juvenile 1.”
On May 9, 2019, members of the School Resource Officer Unit and the Criminal Investigations Division were able to recover the firearm. At the time the weapon was recovered, it was in the possession of another juvenile. This juvenile will hereinafter be referred to as “Juvenile 2.” Through further investigation, authorities determined that “Juvenile 2” had also possessed the firearm while on the property of Paisley Middle School. Authorities subsequently sought criminal charges against both juveniles via the Forsyth County Juvenile Justice System.
As the investigation into this matter continued, authorities were able to determine that the same firearm had also been present on the campus of Paisley Middle School during the week of April 22. Evidence was gathered to show that during this incident, “Juvenile 1” notified a teacher of the presence of the firearm on campus and temporarily relinquished the weapon to the teacher. The involved teacher, who was later identified as Sarah Melissa Wilson, allowed the firearm to be stored in the classroom and “Juvenile 1” to retrieve the handgun near the conclusion of the school day.
Based on the aforementioned investigative findings, authorities consulted with Forsyth County District Attorney J. O’Neill before obtaining a Warrant for Arrest charging Sarah Melissa Wilson, 25, of 1496 Roy Lopp Road Lexington, NC, with Aid a Minor to Possess a Firearm on Educational Property.
On May 13, 2019, Sarah Melissa Wilson voluntarily surrendered to authorities with the Winston-Salem Police Department. She received a Written Promise in this matter and a court date of May 30, 2019 has been scheduled.
Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336)773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at (336)727-2800. CrimeStoppers may also be contacted via “Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem” on Facebook.