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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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