Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Student shoots fellow student at NC high school

Student shoots fellow student at NC high school

Matthews Police Captain Stason Tyrell said the school resource officer sent a command to lock the school down and within five to seven minutes were able to apprehend Cuffie, who had surrendered to a teacher and admitted to shooting McKeithen.

North Carolina police say a male student shot by another student at a high school has died.

The shooting occurred shortly before 7 a.m., and a school resource officer was nearby, when it happened, Wilcox said a press conference.

The wounded student, whose identity was not disclosed, was taken to a local hospital and later died there, Tyrrell said.

Police have arrested ninth-grader Jatwan Craig Cuffie and charged him as an adult with first-degree murder. Police believe the shooting was an "isolated incident", and authorities have secured campus.

Wilcox said that many students witnessed the shooting, and counselors and psychologists were available.

"We're incredibly sad, and we're sorry for this family", said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

In 2008, another student was accidentally shot and injured at Crossroads Charter High School in Charlotte. The school's lockdown ended at 9:15 a.m. "But we are going to look into all those things, and we will do our best to make sure that this never happens again".

Parents were permitted to pick their children up from school after the shooting but had to sign them out in-person at the front entrance. Tyrrell said several people apparently knew there would be an altercation at the school, but police had no information on it prior to the incident. I am devastated by another heartbreaking loss of life and my thoughts are with the students and families who have been affected. She said, "I left because of the bullying and the fights".

The lockdown at Butler High School has been lifted by law enforcement.

Parents were alerted to the incident via a robo call issued by CMS. Classes were be held for students remaining on campus, the district said.

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