© 2023 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Authorities Make Arrests In 3 Incidents At CMS Schools

Updated 4:25 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said three minors are being charged after making threats on social media, forcing Olympic High School into a lockdown Tuesday morning. 

The post to Instagram depicted several people and a firearm near the school's campus. Police did not find the individuals in the photo or any guns on Olympic's campus, CMPD said, but officers did detain and charge two 15-year-old males and a 16-year-old male with possession of a handgun by a minor.

CMPD has also charged another student in a separate incident for bringing a stolen gun to East Mecklenburg High School. Demondrez Dasahw Tucker, 19, faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a stolen firearm.

CMPD has also charged a 13-year-old male who had a Taser at Eastway Middle School. He has been charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

The three incidents come two weeks after a CMS student was fatally shot by another student with a gun at Butler High School.

Updated 1:30 p.m.

A gun was confiscated from a student today at East Mecklenburg High School on Monroe Road. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials, administrators at the school received a tip that a student had a gun on campus. Law enforcement officials were immediately notified and after searching a student, a gun was found.

In a statement, East Meck’s Principal Rick Parker encouraged students to report any weapons on campus and said if a student brings a gun or other weapon on campus, they will be disciplined appropriately.

“I ask that every parent and guardian have a conversation with your student about the importance of making sure they never have a weapon at school,” Parker added.  

The weapon found at East Meck comes hours after Olympic High School went into lockdown following a number of threats made on social media.

Updated 11:50 a.m.

Olympic High School began releasing students early around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning after a number of threats made on social media forced the school into a lockdown, law enforcement and CMS officials said.

A student and parent told reporters outside the school that a picture posted on Instagram had been circulating that depicted a teenager holding a gun and captioned, "y'all ain't want no smoke."

Screenshots of the message were later posted by a parent on Facebook, alongside photos of students huddled in a dark classroom.

At a news conference outside the school, a CMPD spokesperson said school administrators were notified by a student shortly before school began that an "indirect threat" had been made on social media. The principal contacted law enforcement, and a lockdown was issued.

Law enforcement said a male juvenile who they believe made the post was taken in for questioning, and a second individual is being sought. CMPD could not confirm whether the juvenile had a gun when he was taken in for questioning, nor whether any other guns had been found on campus.

In addition to the Instagram post, police said in the news conference that they were made aware of a video published online that showed "several individuals," which was being looked into.

Reporters were also told that a fire alarm had gone off near the beginning of the school day, though it's unclear whether it relates to the investigation.

Shortly after 10 a.m., parents were allowed to begin picking up their children in small groups. Law enforcement said the school will remain open and operating on a modified lockdown for the rest of the school day for students who are unable to arrange transportation home.

The incident comes two weeks after a CMS student was fatally shot by another student with a gun at Butler High School.

Nick de la Canal is the host of Weekend Edition on Saturday/Sunday mornings, and a reporter covering breaking news, arts and culture, and general assignment stories. His work frequently appears on air and online. Periodically, he tweets: @nickdelacanal
Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.