(WTVD-TV) The Johnston County Eagle Scout who was expelled from Princeton High School for accidentally bringing a shotgun on campus was offered an opportunity to attend an alternative school so he can graduate Thursday.

David “Cole” Withrow – an honors student – was arrested Monday and charged with a felony for having the gun in his locked truck in the school parking lot. Sources told ABC11 he forgot it was still in the truck after going skeet shooting over the weekend.

Once he remembered the weapon, he used the phone in the school office to call his mom. Administrators overheard him, and he was arrested and expelled.

In a news release sent to ABC11 Thursday, an attorney for the district denied Withrow was actually expelled or suspended for 365 days as previously reported and as officials told ABC11 Wednesday.

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