Papers with CMS students' sensitive information found blowing in wind

Documents with CMS students' sensitive information found blowing in wind

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Channel 9 viewer said she warned Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ officials after finding documents with students’ names, addresses and other personal information blowing in the wind.

But when Channel 9 arrived to the area near Johnston-Oehler Road in north Charlotte, the documents were still there.

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The unshredded documents are from Mallard Creek High School and contained disciplinary actions and names of students.

One woman, who didn't want to be identified, found the papers Friday morning and was shocked.

"My biggest concern was someone stealing a child's information and someone targeting that child," she said. "I was reading parents' information, notes from kids who were bringing doctor's notes to school."

Elizabeth Justice saw the documents blowing across her yard.

"At first, I didn't know why there was trash all in my yard, but then when I started picking it up and I saw there was personal information, I was really shocked," Justice said.

CMS sent out an investigator and Channel 9 shared the documents that we picked up.

The district acknowledges the information should have been shredded. Officials said a contractor hauling away the trash didn't properly secure it, which caused some documents to spill onto the road.

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