7th Grader Brings Loaded Gun to School
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Parents picked up their kids, students waited for the school bus and police canvassed the campus at Community House Middle School in Ballantyne Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials tell us a seventh grade boy had a loaded hand gun in his locker.
After school officials caught wind of it, they called police. The boy was apprehended without incident. Parent Francesca Busse says, "Unfortunately not surprising, just seems like that's more common place nowadays. It's scary."
Students who talked with us tell us the boy is a known trouble maker. One of the students we talked to even saw the weapon. "He showed it to people. He told everyone about it...he showed it to us," says one girl.
Another student says, "I told my mom because I didn't know who to tell because I didn't want to be a snitch but I knew it was wrong."
Other students described the boy, saying "He gets in trouble a lot," "He's not the nicest person" and "He bullies other kids outside of school and inside of school. And he's disrespectful to girls. And to teachers."
CMS says that no one was threatened or injured Tuesday but the girls tell us the boy brought the gun in to threaten a fellow student and had plans to threaten another boy, too.
Despite that, parents who talked with us say they're not worried about the safety of their kids. "No, I'm not, I'm confident in the administrators," says Busse.
We contacted several school board members for their comment. Chairman Ericka Ellis-Stewart didn't return our call, At-Large member Tim Morgan said he wasn't available and Amelia Stinson-Wesley, the District 6 representative, also didn't return our call.