CMPD: 18 people involved in large fight at Vance High School

Police respond to Vance High School in north Charlotte after large fight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police said they were called to Zebulon B. Vance High School in north Charlotte Monday afternoon after a large fight broke out on campus.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom captured the moment someone was being put in the back of a patrol car at the school along IBM Drive.

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Concerned parents could be seen rushing to pick up their kids as several patrol cars and officers filled the bus parking lot.

Officers said 18 people were involved in the fight and they're working to figure out what charges the suspects will face.

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One mom told Channel 9's Tina Terry that she noticed police cars rushing toward the school so she followed them and that's when she learned about the chaos.

In a video sent to Channel 9, dozens appear to be recording the fight involving more than a dozen people.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District said the school was placed on lockdown.

"I'm definitely not happy about it,” said one father who arrived to pick up his daughter. “You want your kids to be in a safe environment where they can focus on academics and learning,” he said.

At least one student told Channel 9 that someone had a gun, but police said no weapons were found during their investigation and no injuries were reported.

Officials said they are increasing police presence on campus to help ensure everyone's safety.

Below is the message that was sent home to families: 

Good afternoon Vance families,

This is Principal Carroll with an important message. Our school was on lockdown this afternoon due to an incident on campus. Law enforcement investigated the incident. Any student violating the Code of Student Conduct will be disciplined according to the code. Thank you for your support of Vance High.