CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charges against a student who police said shot and killed a classmate inside Butler High School, which led to massive changes in school security, have been reduced, Channel 9 has learned.
Mecklenburg County's grand jury heard Jatwan Cuffie's case on Monday and indicted him on second-degree murder charges.
Cuffie was originally charged with first-degree murder for shooting and killing Bobby McKeithen in the hallway of Butler High School last month.
Officials said the shooting stemmed from an off-campus fight.
By law, prosecutors cannot discuss business with the grand jury, so it is unclear why those charges were reduced.
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Channel 9 pushed for solutions for weeks after that shooting, and on Friday we were there as the CMS superintendent announced new security measures.
Starting after winter break, the district will begin using metal-detecting wands randomly on students, along with implementing random bag searches, increased camera monitors, and teacher panic cards.
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