CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The teenager accused of shooting and killing his fellow classmate at Butler High School back in October bonded out of jail at 9:17 p.m. Thursday.
Jatwan Cuffie is facing multiple charges including second-degree murder. The 16-year-old, is accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Bobbie McKeithen in the halls of Butler High School in southeast Charlotte last October.
On Thursday, a judge gave cuffie a $100,000 bond after the defense said an electronic monitor and house arrest should allay the judge's concerns for Cuffie's security.
"We should not be in this courtroom with two 16-year-olds killing each other. My concern if he gets out quite honestly is for his safety," the judge said.
Cuffie admitted to shooting McKeithen during a fight in the hallways of Butler High School last October, according to prosecutors. They say he confessed to a teacher and police found in his backpack after they saw him running down the hallway on school surveillance video.
"The defendant's actions were intentional and reckless, the aggravating the victim was very young, the defendant created great risk of harm to others when he intentionally discharged a gun in the hallway, which as you can see on video is loaded with numerous kids on their way to class," prosecutors said.
If convicted on second-degree murder charges, Cuffie faces 12 to 25 years in prison. Through court documents it was later determined the gun police say Cuffie used in the deadly shooting was stolen out of Gaston County.
Now, months after the shooting the principal of Butler High School says McKeithen's death will never be forgotten.
"His legacy at Butler will be one of positivity. His legacy at Butler will be one of love," Butler High School Principal John LeGrand said.
Following the deadly school shooting, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders pledged to up security measures at school across the district. Those changes included random backpack checks.