Student arrested at West Charlotte High School for carrying a gun on campus


Friday, August 31, 2018,

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have charged a seventeen-year-old male student for carrying a gun on the campus of West Charlotte High School.

On Friday, August 31, 2018, at approximately 9:23 a.m., the School Resource Officer of West Charlotte High School was alerted to a group of high school students on the campus that were loitering.  The officer initiated contact with the group and asked for consent to search.  Upon conducting a search of one of the students, that student proceeded to try and pull away from the officer.  During the struggle, the officer observed a gun in the student's waistband.  The student, identified as Nelson Smith, DOB: 10/28/2000, was taken into custody by the officer without further incident.  The gun was seized and found to be loaded.

Smith was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Gun on an Educational Property and transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.  The report number for this incident is 20180831-0923-02.

​Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about Crime Stoppers, please visit