Neighbor calls police on Black teenager practicing ROTC drills in neighborhood

Neighbor calls police on Black teenager practicing ROTC drills in neighborhood
Jathan Walthour recently joined the ROTC team at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. (Source: WRAL)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WRAL) - A Raleigh teenager is in shock after one of his neighbors called police on him as he practiced an ROTC routine with a replica rifle.

Jathan Walthour recently joined the ROTC team at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, he decided to practice outside in his neighborhood.

“I was walking throughout the road. I was marching down the street. As I saw the police arrive, I had my rifle on my shoulder,” Walthour described.

A neighbor called police on the 16-year-old Black student.

“There is a man outside with a gun walking up and down our cul-de-sac,” the 911 caller said.

Walthour credits training from a community program called Police Explorers on how to properly handle the situation.

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