HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Hopewell High School was on lockdown Wednesday and five students have been placed into custody after two guns were discovered on campus, officials said.
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It started after a handgun fell to the ground during a fight that broke out in between classes at about 12:30 p.m.
“I didn’t see the gun, but when I did get there, I just seen a whole bunch of bullets on the floor,” a student told Channel 9.
Police investigated the incident and one of the students involved in the fight was taken into custody. That student had another gun, which was loaded.
Huntersville police and a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools K-9 searched the building but could not find the gun that was seized after the fight.
When school was let out, a student on a school bus told the driver they saw a gun on the bus. Officers, who were still at the school, took another student into custody and said the gun was the one that dropped during the fight earlier. That gun appears to have been stolen, police said.
Names are being withheld because of the students’ ages.
Message from Hopewell High School:
“Titan families and students,
“This is Principal Pickard with an important message about incidents that occurred at our school today. We received information that led to a lockdown and a search by law enforcement for a firearm on campus. During the search, a firearm was found in a student’s book bag. In a separate incident during dismissal, a bus driver observed two students with a firearm, which also was recovered by law enforcement. No threat was made in either incident, and all students and staff were safe, but dismissal was delayed for some of our students. Please speak with your students about the serious consequences of bringing any weapon to school. It is a violation of law and the CMS Code of Student Conduct. Thank you for your support of Hopewell High School. Safety will continue to be our priority.”
Below is a list of guns found in CMS schools this year:
- 6 guns found at West Charlotte High School
- 2 guns found at West Mecklenburg High School
- 2 guns found at Hopewell High School
- 1 gun found at Mallard Creek High School
- 1 gun found at Myers Park High School
- 1 gun found at South Mecklenburg High School
- 1 gun found at Julius Chambers High School
- 1 gun found at Garinger High School
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