Teen charged with bringing gun to West Charlotte High School

- A 17-year-old student is facing charges after bring a loaded gun onto the campus of West Charlotte High School Friday morning.

The student, Nelson Smith, was taken into custody about 9:30 a.m. after the school resource officer noticed a gun in his waistband, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The resource officer approached the teen after noticing a group of students Smith was with loitering on campus.

Administrators placed the school under restricted movement as a precaution. Additional resource officers were also called in.

Smith was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and gun on an educational property. He was taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

Principal Timisha Barnes-Jones sent the following letter to parents about the incident:

Good morning West Charlotte families. This is Principal Barnes-Jones with an important message. 

Safety of our school, students and staff is important to me and I want  to keep you updated about incidents that happen at school. Because of the tight security processes we have in place, this morning a student was found with a loaded firearm in their possession. Any student with a weapon on campus will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct. This was an isolated incident and no students or staff were ever threatened and everyone is safe. Our school was placed on a restricted movement as a precautionary action. We have secured additional resource officers as an added precaution.  Classes continued as normal. Please, talk with your children about bringing inappropriate items to school. 

Thank you for your involvement with your student at West Charlotte.

In addition to his charges, Smith will face disciplinary action from the school.

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