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Police charge CMS student for possession of a firearm

(Dedrick Russell | WBTV) (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

The Mint Hill Police Department says it is charging a student for bringing a weapon to Rocky River High School on Thursday.

The charge is possession of a firearm by a felon. A student reported seeing the weapon, and when the suspect saw police, he ran. He was caught, the gun was found outside the school and the student was arrested. Sources told WBTV the gun was loaded.

"It does scare the parents and children," parent Ezra Jackson said. "So I did talk to my son about it and he was OK."

Sources also said the reason the student brought the gun to school was that he needed protection. Parents think the recent riots and unrest in Charlotte are making students think twice about their safety.

"These kids are getting scared," Jackson said. "So it's up to us, as parents and teachers and principals to really like calm them down."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) District officials said no extra security was present at the school Friday, and officials said things were calm.

CMS said counselors are on hand to talk to students if they have any concerns. Parents think school leaders should have conversations with students about this incident.

"They need to discuss it with kids," parent Denise Jones said. "Sit them down and talk to them and try to come to a solution about what to do to keep everybody safe."

Mint Hill police are investigating the crime. Parents hope police find out where the teenager got the weapon.

"Children this age got access to weapons," parent Carlos Funseca said. "The parents have weapons in the house, they should secure them some place - teach these kids this is not a game. This is not a toy."

Sources said the student is 16 or 17 years old.

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