Gun found on CMS high school campus

CHARLOTTE — A student had a gun on the campus of Rocky River High School in Mint Hill on Friday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The principal stated that the weapon was confiscated, and an investigation has been launched.

“Weapons are prohibited in our schools and are a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Any student in violation will be disciplined according to the handbook. We ask that you continue to partner with us in creating a safe learning environment for all students by reinforcing the seriousness of this situation with your child(ren). As always, the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority,” said Principal David Legrand.

Tracy Jackson’s daughter is a freshman and said she has no doubt the faculty and staff keep kids safe.

“I do,” she said. “I do because I worked in the school system for a very long time, so I know how hard it is,” said Jackson.

School officials said there was no threat to students or staff.

There were 281 weapons found at CMS schools last year, according to data from the state Department of Public Instruction. One of those was at Rocky River High.

There were 16 weapons found at West Mecklenburg High School, which was the most from one school in the district.

In the previous year, 421 weapons were found district-wide before the installation of weapons detectors.

There were four at Rocky River High. The most that year came out of Garinger High School with 33 weapons.

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