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Teen student found with gun on high school campus


Police in Charlotte say a teenage student was arrested after bringing a semi-automatic pistol to school.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, 17-year-old Lathan Robinson brought a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol to Vance High School on Tuesday morning.

Robinson was found with the gun around 8:55 a.m. Tuesday morning. Sources tell us the gun was loaded and he had extra ammunition.

"Shocking to me." Vance High School Parent Jacqueline King said.

Principal Melissa Dunlap sent out a ConnectEd message to parents on Tuesday.

"I want to let you know that a student brought a weapon on campus this morning," she said in the statement. "No one was injured or threatened, but this is against the law and school policy."

Sources tell WBTV Robinson claims he was being bullied by his classmates and he was ready to use the gun. Parents are concerned how teens can get their hands on weapons.

"It's so easy," King said. "But I don't know what can you do about it, because you have other people that's helping them do it."

Sources say Robinson was picked up at school when officers came to arrest him for a simple larceny case in Cabarrus county and he was a suspect to a breaking and entering that happened in Mecklenburg County. The loaded gun was found in his bookbag.

"I really hate to bring my son to school," King said. "To be honest with you. You just never know."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School police officers are involved in the investigation.

Robinson was charged with possession of a gun on educational property, possession of a handgun by a minor, carrying a concealed weapon and larceny.

He is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $5,305 bond.

CMS officials are now using this incident as reminder for parents to tell their children what not to bring to school.

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