Victor Manuel Campos Romero (Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Three teens are facing charges in connection to a threat that was posted on social media, sending Olympic High School into lockdown on Tuesday, police said.
At 7:55 a.m., CMPD received a call for service by school administration. Prior to school starting, officials said a student notified them of a threat that had been posted on social media.
Administration notified CMPD who made the decision to place the school on lockdown as a precaution. CMS said all students and staff are safe.
CMPD said there were two separate posts, a photo and a video, showing a handful of individuals.
Officers detained a 15-year-old suspect and charged him with possession of a handgun by a minor. Investigators said they have also charged 16-year-old Victor Manuel Campos Romero with possession of a handgun by a minor and an additional 15-year-old male with possession of a handgun on educational property and possession of a handgun by a minor.
CMS said parents who wished to pick their students up from Olympic HS may now do so. Students will be released to authorized parents or guardians, they said. The school will remain open Tuesday as a safe place for students who cannot get picked up by their parent/guardians.
"Law enforcement will meet families picking up students at the Olympic campus entrance and will escort families to the office to meet their students in an orderly fashion. Families are being notified through direct phone calls. CMS, Olympic High School and law enforcement ask everyone to remain calm to help ensure safety for everyone," CMS said in a message on Tuesday.
Updated statement from Olympic High School:
"Olympic High School is now on a modified lockdown from law enforcement with limited movement in campus buildings. Staff and students at Olympic High School remain safe. The Olympic High School campus is secure and law enforcement continues to investigate. Students will be released to authorized parents or guardians. Law enforcement will meet families at the Olympic campus entrance to meet their students in an orderly fashion. For students and families unable to arrange immediate transportation home by authorized parents or guardians, students will remain safe on campus. CMS Transportation will pick students up on a regular schedule from campus and take them home to their normally assigned bus stops. Teachers, counselors and administrators are supporting students and support will be available in the coming days. Thank you for your cooperation."
The school campus remains secure and law enforcement continues to investigate.