Gun Found In Trash Can At Ranson Middle School

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools say a gun was found inside a trash can on the campus of Ranson Middle School.

The gun, which was unloaded, was found Thursday morning.  Officials say the unloaded firearm was brought to campus by a student on a bus and then discard into the trash can outside the school.  Out of an abundance of caution, the school was placed on lockdown.

Officials say the gun was never brought inside the school and was retrieved from the trash can by law enforcement without incident.  No students or staff were injured and officials say there is no threat at the campus.

No other details have been released at this time.

Officials released this message to parents:

Ranson IB families,

Hello Ranson IB families, this is Principal Brown with a safety update about our Ranson community. It is important to know first that all students and staff are safe and that there is no threat at our campus. Earlier today, an unloaded firearm was located inside a trash bin on our campus. Out of an abundance of caution, our school was placed on lockdown for a period of time. The unloaded firearm was brought onto campus by a student on a bus and was then discarded into a trash can outside a school building. The firearm was never brought inside our school building and was retrieved from the trash bin by law enforcement without incident. This matter is under investigation by law enforcement. Any students in violation of the CMS Student Code of Conduct will be disciplined according to those provisions. Please talk to your students about why guns have no place at school and encourage them to reach out to any adult if they feel they need help or want to talk about any issue of concern to them. Thank you for your support of Ranson IB.