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Gun, ammo found in 13-year-old's backpack at MLK Middle School in Charlotte

(Alex Giles | WBTV) (Alex Giles | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A 13-year-old boy was charged Thursday after a gun was reportedly found in his backpack at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg middle school.

The gun was found in the student's backpack at Martin Luther King, Jr Middle School on Bilmark Avenue. School officials say there was no threat and no one was injured.

CMS sent a Connect-5 message to parents about the incident:

Good afternoon MLK, Jr. families. This is Principal Dean with an important message. Today a gun was found in a student’s backpack. The weapon was not loaded. There was never a threat and no one was injured. Please, make sure that you check your child’s backpack for any inappropriate items that should not be brought to school. Thank you for your involvement with MLK. If you have questions, please call the school at 980-343-0698.

Sources told WBTV that while the gun was not actually loaded, ammunition was found in the backpack as well.

The 13-year-old is being charged with possession of a weapon at school. His name has not been released.

Seventh grade student Gerson Mendez told WBTV Thursday night that he hadn't heard about the incident.

"They could just start shooting anyone -shoot kids-you never know. They could start walking around shooting. We could have been victims," Gerson said.

Denika Truesdale, a mother living near the school, said she had heard others talking about the incident. She found the situation alarming.

"It's scary because I have three kids," said Truesdale. "To think that I'm at home or at work and somebody done brought a gun school. Just the fact that it could have been loaded, that could've been somebody child, an innocent child that got hurt."

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