Student charged with carrying a gun on Garinger HS campus

Student charged with carrying a gun on Garinger HS campus
A student at Garinger High School was charged with being in possession of a gun on campus (Turner, Amaya)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A 16-year-old student was charged with carrying a concealed weapon on school premises Tuesday at Garinger High School.

Shortly before 2 p.m. the School Resource Officer was alerted by a school counselor that a student may be in possession of a gun, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Del’Marcus Walker was located and police conducted a search before locating the gun in his pocket, officials say. The gun was seized and Walker was taken into custody and sent to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a handgun by a minor, altering a gun serial number and gun on an educational property.

Principal Kelly Gwaltney sent a message to parents Tuesday addressing the incident:

Good evening Garinger families. This is your principal Kelly Gwaltney. Today at school, we received a tip that there was a student on our campus with a weapon. Our police officers were immediately notified and investigated the tip with school administration. A student was searched without incident and a weapon was located. The student has been charged by CMPD. The student is also receiving school consequences in accordance with the CMS Student Code of Conduct. I ask that every parent and guardian have a conversation with your student about the importance of making sure they never have a weapon at school. If a student is aware of a weapon on our campus or any school campus, I ask that they tell a school employee immediately so an investigation can be completed. I appreciate your support of our school and our students.

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