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CMPD responds after gun found at north Charlotte middle school

Police were called to Ranson Middle School on Thursday morning.
CMPD was called to Ranson Middle School on Thursday after a student brought a gun to school.
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 2:44 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) confirmed that officers responded to a firearm call at a north Charlotte middle school Thursday morning.

Police were called to Ranson Middle School in reference to an armed person, but according to a representative from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), all students and staff are safe.

This is the 28th gun found on CMS property since the school year began on August 26.

CMS confirmed that the armed person was a student.

Laquanda Acker said she is the parent of a student at the middle school and was so concerned about the firearm being found that she pulled her daughter out of school early.

“My first thing was to get to the school to get her because I didn’t know how many guns was on the campus or whatever the case was,” said Acker. “Even though nothing happened, I’m better safe than sorry. Of course that was the first thing I did and they didn’t give me a hard time picking her up or anything. They just let her go.”

Acker said she’s come to expect guns to show up in Charlotte High Schools, but hearing about guns in middle schools is shocking.

“For them to start out that young carrying guns or anything else, you can just imagine what their future is going to be like,” explained Acker. “Us as parents as well, you know it starts at home and we need to take better accountability for what is going on with our children as well so set better examples, talk to them, do whatever you can at home.”

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