Student in custody after gun found at East Mecklenburg High School, police say

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police said a student was taken into custody Tuesday after a gun was found at East Mecklenburg High School.

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Demondrez Tucker, 19, is charged with having a gun on educational property, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

Demondrez Tucker

Police said school administration was notified about noon that a student may have a gun on the campus along Monroe Road. They said officers found Tucker with a stolen gun.

Officials said the school was not placed on lockdown and there were no threats made to students or staff.

The principal released the below message to families: 

Good afternoon East Meck families. This is Principal Rick Parker. Today at school, we received a tip that there was a student on our campus with a gun. Law enforcement was immediately notified and investigated the tip with school administration.  A student was searched without incident and a gun was located.  Any student caught violating the Code of Student Conduct will receive appropriate disciplinary action. I ask that every parent and guardian have a conversation with your student about the importance of making sure they never have a weapon at school. If a student is aware of a weapon on our campus or any school campus, I ask that they tell a school employee immediately so an investigation can be completed. I appreciate your support of our school and our students.  

This is just the latest weapon to be found at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school.

Police said three teenagers were arrested in connection to a social media threat at Olympic High School Tuesday. Officers said they determined a gun had been on that campus at some point.

[RELATED: CMPD: 3 arrested in connection to social media threat, gun at Olympic High]

Officers said a 13-year-old student was also found with a pocket Taser at Eastway Middle School Tuesday. They said no one was hurt or threatened. The eighth-grader is charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

On Oct. 29, a student was shot and killed by a classmate in a hallway at Butler High School. In the days following the deadly shooting, officers found guns at Garinger and Hopewell high schools.


The district said it’s considering new safety measures after those incidents.

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