A North Carolina high school student shot and killed a fellow student during a fight in a crowded school hallway Monday morning, officials said, prompting a lockdown and generating an atmosphere of chaos and fear as dozens of parents rushed to the school to make sure their children were safe.
Police confirm one person was taken to the hospital following a shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, NC. The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen. Online records from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department show that Cuffie is being held in their jail, awaiting charges of first-degree murder. Online records don't indicate whether he has an attorney who could comment.
The school was placed on lockdown following the shooting, and students were told to remain in their classrooms. They ran to the hallway and started giving the victim first aid within 15 to 20 seconds, Tyrrell said.
Two other police officers, including a school resource officer directing traffic in front of the school, entered the school within minutes, according to Tyrrell. During the confusion, many students texted their parents, knowing only that there was an active shooter on campus.
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"There are no other threats or dangers to any of the students or staff, or anyone in the area of the school", Captain Stason Tyrrell of the Matthews Police Department told reporters near the school. 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. "What makes it doubly hard is that it was one of our students who was the shooter", he said.
This incident follows similar incidents at Dodd Middle School in Connecticut, Windham Public Schools also in Connecticut, Pacoima Middle School in Los Angeles, Millennium Middle School in Florida, and US Grant High School in Oklahoma, which are just some of the places where events such as this have occurred. We do not search our students on the way into school.
Authorities say a student shot and wounded another student at a North Carolina high school before being arrested. And today, that simply wasn't enough'. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said that many students witnessed the shooting, and counselors and psychologists were available.
'We're incredibly saddened by the fact that we had a loss of life on one of our campuses today. Investigators have the weapon used, but have not said what it is. He said the school system was reviewing its security procedures.
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He said the victim, a friend of his, was shot in the back as he walked away.
"This is really sad to see someone go that. has been your friend, for I don't know how many years", Sanchez said.
In a statement released to the station, North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson said "I am heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence in one of our schools". When they arrived to find their children absent, dozens of parents took matters into their own hands, marching over a highway overpass and crossing police barricades to assemble at the doors of the school.
When students were allowed to leave, the video showed students streaming out, with many crying and hugging parents.
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