CMS continues random safety screenings at local high schools

First round of CMS schools screened

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continued their random safety screening searches at Olympic High School and South Mecklenburg Friday morning.

Harding University, Mallard Creek High School, Independence High School and West Mecklenburg High School were searched in the middle of the week. No deadly weapons were found at any of the schools, but officials say they located one container of non-lethal pepper spray at West Mecklenburg High School which was confiscated.

Garinger High School and Rocky River High School were the first two of eight schools to begin safety screenings Monday morning. CMS announced last week they randomly selected eight schools for the first round of screenings. The names of the school were not announced ahead of time.

Searches were conducted of classrooms inside both schools between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Classrooms were chosen by a random drawing and no individual student was selected.

School officials say no weapons were found during the searches so far. The district says metal detectors, no-touch wanding and bag checks are subjected to be used during the searches.

Parents from the schools were notified at the beginning and end of the searches with the below messages.

START OF SAFETY SCREENING MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL TO FAMILIES

(SCHOOL NAME) families,

This is Principal (NAME) calling to let you know that a safety screening is being conducted today on our campus to help keep weapons out of our school. All students and staff at our school are safe. Today’s screening is only a precaution – there is no threat, no emergency and no cause for concern at this time. This screening is very similar to screenings all of us participate in before entering football games and other school special events. I will update you at the end of the day and appreciate your support of (SCHOOL NAME).

AFTER SAFETY SCREENING COMPLETED FROM PRINCIPAL TO FAMILIES

(SCHOOL NAME) families,

This is Principal (NAME) calling to let you know that a safety screening was conducted today on our campus to help keep weapons out of our school. Today’s screening was a precaution only – there was no threat or emergency. All students and staff at our school are safe. Today’s safety screening was very similar to screenings we all participate in before entering football games and other school special events. Our staff, parents and students all wish safety screenings were not needed, but weapons must not be in our schools. I am happy to share that no weapons were found during today’s safety screening and classes were only minimally disrupted today. Please talk to your students and remind them that weapons have no place at school. Thank you for your support of (SCHOOL NAME).

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Safety screenings (Source: CMS)

The school district announced that they would be introducing these screening measures into high schools across the county in order to ensure that students are safe in the classroom following a rise in security issues during 2018.

All schools will be placed back into the drawing for the second round of screenings.

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