Student found with gun at Rocky River High School, officials say

- A student at Rocky River High School was found with a gun on campus Friday, according to school officials.

Principal Erica Turner sent a letter to parents stating that they received a tip that there was a student on campus with a firearm.

"Law enforcement was immediately notified and investigated the tip with school administration.  A student was searched without incident, a firearm was found and is now in possession by law enforcement.  No threats were made," the letter said in part.

Rocky River High was placed on a modified lockdown as a precaution, officials said.

The name and age of the student were not released. It's unclear what charges, if any, the student will face.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released a statement asking all parents to encourage students to share any potential threats with adults.

Weapons have no place at school. Today’s incident at Rocky River High School was resolved quickly because students, school staff and law enforcement cooperated to help keep everyone safe. Rocky River High School families were notified by phone calls from school leadership. CMS asks all parents to encourage their students to share any potential threats with adults and remind them that support is available at school to help them work through problems and to help resolve potential conflicts. The district continues to add safety and security enhancements announced on November 16 to help ensure student and staff safety and looks forward to updating the community shortly after the holidays. -CMS statement

Last month the school district unveiled new plans to keep guns out of schools, including wand checks and random backpack searches. The changes were in response to a shooting at Butler High School, which resulted in the death 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen.

Since the shooting, there have been a number of incidents regarding guns being brought into Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.


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