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Updated: 6:09 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 | Posted: 7:23 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
By Scott Wickersham
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Channel 9 learned an 18-year-old accused of shooting another student at a school in Winston-Salem attended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools just last year. Christopher Richardson attended West Mecklenburg High School up until Aug. 28, 2012. School leaders in Winston-Salem said they knew about his criminal past when he enrolled there. Police said Richardson pulled out a gun and shot another student Friday during a fire drill at Carver High School. The student was injured but survived. Television stations in Winston-Salem said earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon not on school grounds. Channel 9 learned while Richardson attended West Mecklenburg, he was also caught with a weapon. The police report said on Feb. 1, 2012, he was caught with knife in his backpack and charged with possession of a weapon, which a misdemeanor. All schools keep records of student data, crimes and punishment that other schools have access to. A representative for Winston-Salem Schools told Channel 9 they were aware of the crime when Richardson enrolled, but it wasn't serious enough to deny him. CMS officials would not say what Richardson's punishment was for the knife violation in 2012. Richardson is in jail on a $50,000 bond for the shooting and is facing serious charges.
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