Fight at North Carolina high school ends in deadly shooting

Marsha Scott
October 30, 2018

A fistfight between two North Carolina high school students turned deadly on Monday when one of them pulled out a handgun and fired at the other in a crowded hallway before the start of classes, authorities said.

Butler High School is located approximately 22 miles southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. Officials said earlier in the day that the Butler High School student had been brought to a hospital in critical condition. He is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail. Neither the suspect nor the victim's names or ages were immediately released.

Wilcox said classes at the high school have been canceled for Tuesday.

Police report the fatal shooting was due to bullying, according to NBC News.

"We're incredibly sad, and we're sorry for this family", Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. "So what took place this morning was something that built up", Tyrrell said.

Parents were told to meet at Elevation Church in Matthews for further information Monday morning.

According to Tyrrell, a school resource officer was in the school cafeteria at 7:14 a.m. when he and security officers heard a commotion and encountered students running in an adjacent hallway. She said, "I left because of the bullying and the fights".

Another student told WCNC she witnessed the altercation, noting she heard "a pop" before the two people involved started "wrestling on the ground". Norvell said she was able to get McKeithen's loved ones there before he passed away.

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"I am heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence in one of our schools". "There really is no easy answer".

"We don't actively search every bad that comes into school each and every day. Because I promise you that if anyone would have possibly known that something like this would happen, we as students would have stopped or tried to do something". Video provided to CBS affiliate WNCN by a freshman student showed panic in a crowded hallways in the aftermath of the incident, with students asking to be let out of the school. And today, that simply wasn't enough'.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department stated the single shooter was taken into custody and the weapon was apprehended. He said the school system was reviewing its security procedures.

The school was placed on lockdown following the shooting, and students were told to remain in their classrooms.

Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey also offered his condolences to everyone affected at Butler High.

Classes did proceed on campus for students not retrieved by their parents. The diverse student body of about 2,000 at the school in North Carolina's most populous county is about one-third white, one-third African-American and one-quarter Hispanic.

Parents were permitted to pick their children up from school after the shooting but had to sign them out in-person at the front entrance.

Several parents like Rodney Stuckey arrived at the school quickly, hoping to see their child safe.

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