CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A CMS student that police say brought a loaded gun to school left jail after a parent signed him out, court sources tell WBTV.
Panic hit the halls of Olympic High School on Friday after news quickly spread that a loaded gun was found in a classroom.
Police were already at the school to interview Kaderius Berry, 17, about another incident, but found him sitting in class with the loaded semi automatic pistol tucked in his waistband.
"Somebody could have gotten hurt. It could have been a big disaster. I'm just glad nobody got hurt," said student Tanner Thompson moments after Berry was taken into custody.
Police arrested Berry on the spot and charged him with a felony and two misdemeanors. He went to jail Friday afternoon, but early Sunday morning, just after midnight, he was out. Court records show a local magistrate unsecured Berry's bond, allowing a parent to sign him out.
Paul Jones is a volunteer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Court Watch, a group that tracks offenders and keeps tabs on judges and magistrates.
"You've got to ask yourself. What was the magistrate thinking? He's carrying a gun at school. We're either going to be serious and hold him accountable or we're not going to hold him accountable," Jones said.
Jones says he has no problem with guns, and he's owned a few. He tells WBTV that his problem lies behind the court bench, and the decision that he says sets a bad example to other students who might bring a gun on campus.
WBTV reached out to the local magistrates' office in Charlotte for comment to ask specifically about this case. We got a call back from a local judge who says every case is different and many times the magistrate doesn't have access to prior juvenile records.