Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

North Carolina high school locked down after shooting

North Carolina high school locked down after shooting

A Butler High student who was shot during a fight on the Matthews campus Monday morning has died, police said.

Surveillance video shows the two students getting into a fight before the shooting, Tyrrell said.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, one student was shot on campus Monday morning.

"There are no other threats or dangers to any of the students or staff, or anyone in the area of the school", Captain Stason Tyrrell of the Matthews Police Department told reporters near the school.

Parents were alerted to the incident via a robo call issued by CMS.

Butler, located in Matthews, has 2,000 students.

Wilcox said that many students witnessed the shooting, and counsellors and psychologists were available.

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Parents were permitted to pick their children up from school after the shooting but had to sign them out in-person at the front entrance. The school district said that students' families were being notified by phone.

"The single shooter has been apprehended and the weapon is in the possession of law enforcement", said the CMS Facebook post.

"I am heartbroken to hear about today's school violence that has taken the life of a high school student in Matthews, and my family is praying for this community".

Wilcox defended keeping the students in class, explaining that the school wanted to ensure students could be safely transported home.

Police say that another student is already in custody, and the school is secure. The mother of a student, Christina Sawyer, told WBTV, "She said there was just an argument and that the argument turned into him brandishing a gun".

The school immediately went into a lockdown, Tyrrell said. "What would parents have said to us if we let kids run out and didn't know where they were?" An investigation by law enforcement continues and officers have secured the campus.

A database created by the Washington Post reports 17 school shootings from January 1, 2018, to March 25, 2018 - the last entry in the database.

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