CMPD: Fights broken up, weapons seized during first three days of school year

Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department addressed the media Friday about a “very busy week for the first three days of school.”
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 2:01 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 10:51 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department addressed the media Friday about a “very busy week for the first three days of school.”

During the briefing, department representatives discussed incidents they’ve responded to at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high schools over the first three days of class.

At Mallard Creek High School, two students got into a fight following a necklace being pulled, officers said. School administers detained one of them and a gun stolen from Shelby was found during a search of the juvenile’s bookbag, as well as a knife and marijuana, according to the CMPD. The juvenile was charged with common law robbery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a concealed weapon and two other felony weapons charges, a press release stated.

Police said one student threatened another at West Mecklenburg High School. That child was found after a BB gun that modeled a Glock 9 was found in a book bag, according to law enforcement. The student was charged with possession of a weapon at school.

Friday morning at West Charlotte High School, a report was made after students were seen around a car on school property with firearms, according to the CMPD. Officers said they found three firearms in the vehicle and one juvenile was arrested. That person was charged with possession of a weapon at school, possession of stolen goods, possession of a handgun by a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of mariuana.

Finally, a fight that broke out at Harding University High on Thursday carried over into Friday, police said. The initial fight was broken up and those involved were sent home, according to the CMPD. Law enforcement said they fought again Friday and two juveniles were charged, while several others involved were suspended.

CMPD officials noted this is they first time schools have had full attendance in over a year. They stress that if people say something, they should call 911.

“Safety is our most highest priority,” a CMS representative said, adding they are hoping to start random safety screenings next week.

There were dozens of police at the high school football game between Harding and West Charlotte Friday night.

Latisha Hicklin has a student that goes to Harding High.

“I have a lot of concerns about being here tonight. But I want to be here to support the kids, so, we’re here,” Hicklin said.

The problems have become so numerous, it’s caught the attention of Charlotte Police.

Azaria is a student that goes to West Mecklenburg High.

“Probably had a beef during the summer in the school and you’ve got other people that go here and it’s very disrespectful because these are other people’s loved ones,” Azaria said.

Others think this may have been a build-up over the pandemic.

“I think it’s kinda crazy but I think it’s all because of COVID for real. Getting back there and excited and don’t know how to act.” said Vernon Brown.

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