• Weapons reported at multiple CMS schools

    By: Ken Lemon


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to students bringing weapons into two high schools over the course of three days.

    Officers said a gun and a Taser were brought into Vance High School this week, and a student brought a gun to Hopewell High School, in Huntersville, Thursday morning.
    Police said the Hopewell student told them he needed the gun for protection.
    They haven't said if it was found in the building or in a car parked in the student lot.
    He's now the third student charged with bringing a weapon to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campus lately.
    Students Channel 9 talked to didn't know about the discovery of a gun at Hopewell High School.
    "That’s scary because that's everybody's security," Leslie Vallejo said.
    Someone gave an anonymous tip to the principal; he called police and they found the handgun and the student who said he needed it.
    "It's a shame that students feel like they have to bring a gun to school for any reason," said Capt. Barry Graham, with the Huntersville Police Department.
    Two days ago, police charged 17-year-old Lathan Robinson with bringing a gun to Vance High School.
    The same day, 18-year-old Xavier Slade, of Vance High School, had a Taser in his pocket while he was in class, police said.
    "That just proves that we don't have any security,” Vallejo said.
    Administrators said they sent phone messages to all parents and staff alerting them to the discovery of guns at Vance High School.
    "I see that they have police officers here all day, and apparently that's not preventing anything," said Jacqueline King, a parent.
    But she and other parents felt their children are safe.
    "Things happen, but I think they are doing a real good job," said Anthreaco Cloud.
    A CMS spokesperson said they don't keep a current breakdown of the reports of weapons on campus.
    The reports are sent to Raleigh and are included in a statewide database.

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