Charlotte elementary school closed Tuesday due to police investigation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte elementary school has been shut down Tuesday due to an "active police investigation."

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Sterling Elementary school will be closed on Tuesday, but the details surrounding the police investigation have not been released.

"The safety of students, staff and all school personnel is top priority," school officials said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with law enforcement authorities in an ongoing investigation, Sterling Elementary is closed on Tuesday, Oct 10 for all students, staff and personnel."

"We are unable to provide further details at this time as this is an active investigation and will provide an update to Sterling Elementary families and staff for the Wednesday schedule as soon as possible," the statement continued.

Late Monday night, CMS sent another statement that said someone was taken into custody.

CMS Police have advised that the subject of investigation of a possible safety threat at Sterling Elementary is in custody thanks to the work of multiple law enforcement agencies. As a precautionary measure, Sterling Elementary will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct 10th as officers complete their investigation. CMS will update families and staff on scheduling for Sterling Elementary for Wednesday, October 11 as soon as possible.

Sources say the threat did not involve any students.

Parents of students at the school seemed confused by the situation and the decision to cancel school for Tuesday.

"They should explain a little bit more for the safety of the kids," said parent Gabriela Salas.

Salas and other parents told WBTV they got phone calls from the school late last week that referenced an out-of-state threat that police were investigating. Parents were told that they may see more police at the school.

However, the parents didn't seem to understand what led to the cancellation.

""They need to get it together. I don't know if it's the school system or CMS or what it is. They need to get it together," said a legal guardian who wished to remain anonymous.

At least one mother agreed that safety should take priority in such a situation.

"I just want my kids to be safe in a learning environment to where it's enjoyable. I don't want my kids to under any pressure that is going on with the world," said another anonymous parent.

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