This may be the most tragic sign of our times. A high school in Matthews, North Carolina resumed classes on Monday just hours after one student shot and killed another student on their campus. This is certainly an indication of just how common gun violence has become in America.
Butler High School is just about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte. It went into lockdown around 7 a.m. on Monday after a male student fired a gun at another male student during a disagreement in a crowded hallway, according to The Associated Press.
The victim was transported to a hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The suspect was taken into custody and questioned by police. Authorities have not released the names and ages of the students.
By 9:30 a.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced that the lockdown had been lifted by officials. Parents were allowed to pick up their children, but for the remaining students, classes resumed as normal, the school district tweeted.
UPDATE: The lockdown at Butler High School has been lifted. The campus has been secured; no immediate danger exists. Butler families may now pick students up from the entrance of the Butler High only. Families arriving to pick up students will be directed by law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/6dikWFweK4
— CMS Media Relations (@CMS_MR) October 29, 2018
The school district sent a later tweet announcing the counseling was available to students and staff members.
Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, told The Associated Press that many students witnessed the shooting.
“We’re incredibly saddened by the fact that we had a loss of life on one of our campuses today,” Wilcox said. “What makes it doubly difficult is that it was one of our students who was the shooter.”
“I don’t know how a young person gets a handgun in the state of North Carolina,” he added.
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