CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools alerted parents Tuesday of a situation involving a loaded gun that was found in a student's backpack on a high school campus.
The weapon was found at Harding University High School on Alleghany Street in west Charlotte. Harding Principal Eric Ward sent a message to parents alerting them of the situation.
Officials say the student gave various reasons for bringing the gun to school, including "protection." The officials said the student told them he got the gun "from the neighborhood."
The student, whose name has not been released, was arrested.
There is no word on what charges he is facing.
School officials said at a meeting Tuesday night there will be extra security at the school on Wednesday.