Student Arrested After Bringing Firearm on Campus

Jeffrey Zane Miller
October 18, 2022
Wednesday, October 19th
October 18, 2022

Student Arrested After Bringing Firearm on Campus

Student Arrested After Bringing Firearm on Campus

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. – Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the arrest of 18-year-old
Zachary Landon Mitchell after an altercation occurred during the varsity football game
Friday night at Ashe County High School.

On October 14, 2022, verbal altercations between Mitchell and another party led to
Mitchell re-visiting the parking lot, where he returned to the stadium with the
concealed firearm. Sgt. Blanco immediately began investigating, and after several
interviews with witnesses and students, Deputies deemed the campus was safe at that
time.


“We don’t take these situations lightly, and our policy leaves no room for discretion. In
this day in time, everyone needs to know they cannot carry on school property. While
this situation is unfortunate, our officers are there to protect the safety of everyone on
school grounds. During the game, our safety team included four Deputies and one NC
SHP officer. For the Homecoming Dance, increased security was provided by the Ashe
County Sheriff’s Office and West Jefferson Police Department. The investigation is still
ongoing, and others may be charged in this incident.”

Mitchell was arrested at the scene and transported to the Ashe County Detention
Center, where he was charged with NC GS 14-269.2(B) carrying a Weapon on
Educational Property, a Class I Felony. Mitchell was released on a $25,000 bond, and the
firearm is in the custody of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office.

With the investigation progressing, further details in reference to the case may not be
released. While other individuals have been trespassed from Ashe County Schools
property, gun possession on a school campus requires a 365-day suspension in
compliance with G.S. § 115C-390.10(