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Lockdown lifted, teen arrested at Hopewell High School

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Hopewell High School was on a partial lockdown Thursday morning after Huntersville police say they were looking for a possible weapon on campus.

An anonymous caller told the school a student may have brought a gun on campus.

The report was made at about 9 a.m. according to the Huntersville Police Department. A search soon began at the school.  

Officers investigated. They told WBTV no guns were found, but there were three knives on campus. The students responsible will be disciplined according to CMS policy.

Officials said no injuries or threats were reported. The lockdown was lifted by 10:30 a.m.

Friday, WBTV learned a 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with having a weapon on campus.

Soon after Thursday's report, students pulled out their cell phones to tell the world about the incident through social media. 

"It was kind of scary," Hopewell HS parent Tina Lee said.  "Because you never know nowadays - it's like do you want to teach them at home or send them to school."

One student even used Instagram to post a picture of one of the classrooms getting searched.

It is against the school district's policy for students to use their cell phones during class time.  The principal, Michael Jones, had staff monitor a computer to see which students were on Twitter during the lockdown.  He said about 10 students were using social media when they were supposed to be in class learning.

Jones said he will talk to those students and remind them about the policy.  The principal also went to the students' classrooms to confiscate their phones.

"I think he was just doing his job," Hopewell parent Cheryle Cail said. "I am very proud of how he handled it today."

The messages students sent caused unnecessary panic among parents.  One student sent a message to their parent reading "Pray for me".

The principal hopes by trying to get a handle on social media during school, will assure parents students are safe while at school and will dispel rumors.

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