13-year-olds, mother charged after disturbance on middle school campus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three 13-year-olds and a mother have been charged after a disturbance involving a knife was reported on Coulwood Middle School’s campus.

Officers received a 911 call Friday morning about a woman armed with a knife at the school’s campus on Kentberry Drive.

A 13-year-old student's mother, who police identified as Olga Cortez, followed her son’s bus to school because she believe he was being bullied by two other 13-year-old boys.

Cortez identified the students she believed to be the bullies and reported them to the school staff, according to investigators.

Police said Cortez became verbally irate and one of the 13-year-old boys physically assaulted her.

Cortez pulled out a knife and began flailing it through the air at the two 13-year-old boys, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school staff were able to gain control of Cortez and she put the knife back in her vehicle, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident, police said.

Cortez is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of weapon on school grounds.

Officers charged all three 13-year-old boys with public affray. Two of the 13-year-old boys were additionally charged with simple assault on suspicion of assaulting Cortez.

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