Early Violence at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools


Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, August 27, 2021) – During today's press conference, Captain Brian Sanders discussed several violent incidents at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) during the first few days of school.


At approximately 1:45 p.m, on Thursday, August 26, 2021, officers were alerted that a student had been robbed by another student at Mallard Creek High School.  Shortly after the incident, a CMS staff member located the juvenile suspect.  As a part of the continued investigation, officers located a knife, stolen firearm, and marijuana in his immediate possession.  The juvenile was charged with Common Law Robbery, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Stolen Firearm, Possession of Concealed Weapon, and two other felony weapons charges. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210826-1345-02.


Shortly after 1:45 p.m., on Thursday, August 26, 2021, a school resource officer for  West Mecklenburg High School received an anonymous tip about a student who was in possession of a firearm.  With the assistance of school administration, the suspected student was located, and a search of his property was performed by CMS staff.  After the search, a BB gun that modeled a Glock 9 was found in the immediate possession of the student.  The juvenile student was charged with Possession of a Weapon at School.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210826-1351-00.


On August 27, 2021, at approximately 8:24 a.m., officers responded to an armed person call for service at West Charlotte High School.  Upon arrival, officers located accessories from a firearm in plain view inside a vehicle that was parked in the student parking lot.  As the investigation continued, officers located three firearms inside the vehicle.  The owner of the vehicle was identified as a student and arrested.  The juvenile was charged with Possession of Weapon at School, Possession of Stolen Goods, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210827-0821-03.


There has also been a series of altercations at Harding High School. These altercations have involved two groups of students, but no weapons or serious injuries have been involved.  Two juvenile students have been charged as juveniles and several others involved suspended from the school.  Following these events, CMS Police and Freedom Division have provided extra support to ensure the safety of all students and faculty.


The firearms seized in these cases were the direct result of community tips. CMPD encourages community members to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings - an observant community is the best partner in preventing the next crime.  If anyone observes suspicious activity or persons in the area, please contact 9-1-1.  The public is also reminded that they can leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/