Five area schools threatened by gun violence in a week

Safety at five schools in the greater Charlotte area was threatened by gun violence this week.

“This week has been a difficult for our community following the tragedy at Butler High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox who took to social media to reassure students and parents after police say Jatwan Cuffie shot and killed Bobby McKeithen in the crowded hallway Monday morning.

“One young life has been lost, and another has been changed forever.” 

On Tuesday Del’marcus Walker was arrested for bringing a gun to Garinger High School

“I don’t want to go to school no more because I'm afraid somebody's going to come to the school and just shoot everybody," said a student at Garinger High School. 

That same day, a 14-year-old threatened to shoot up West Iredell High School. Iredell-Statesville Schools said in a social media post the comment was made in an argument with a teacher. 

On Friday, security was upgraded at South Iredell High School after there were threats to cause a disruption on campus. Investigators questioned three students about threats made on social media.

Also on Friday, police say Sieaira West passed a weapon to Jalen Dixon at Central Cabarrus High School. The two students were charged.

In response to gun violence at schools, CMS leaders have brought back discussions to tighten up security.

“We will probably also look at wands and we will look at random searches of kids and perhaps the idea around clear backpacks,” said Dr. Wilcox.

Until then, he says now is the time to heal.

“We are inspired by the Butler High School community as we struggle with loss and look forward to a brighter future in the days ahead."