Butler High School

Located in Matthews, Butler High School has an enrollment of about 2,000 students.

On Oct. 29, 2018, an alteration between two students led to one of the students, Bobby McKeithen, being shot. He died from his injuries. Jatwan Cuffie pled guilty July 23, 2019 to voluntary manslaughter, and he was sentenced to 80-108 months in prison.

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John LeGrand is leaving Butler High School in Matthews after five years as principal, moving into a job overseeing 29 schools in center city Charlotte.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after the October 2018 shooting.
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Butler High School students and staff will observe a day of remembrance on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of a fatal shooting at the Matthews school.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.
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A teenager accused of shooting and killing a fellow student at Butler High last year has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of about six and a half years in prison.

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No weapons were found Tuesday in the first random weapons screening at Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.
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In an effort to bolster school security measures, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has now launched safety screenings in the district’s 19 high schools.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.
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According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Jatwan Cuffie, a 16-year-old accused of fatally shooting a classmate at Butler High School last October, was released on bond just after 9 p.m. Thursday.

A judge set Cuffie's bond at $100,000.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after the October 2018 shooting.
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools officials are in the process of interviewing candidates for a new Crisis Response Director for the district.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.
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A Mecklenburg County Grand Jury indicted Jatwan Cuffie Monday on the charge of second-degree murder. The 16-year-old is accused of fatally shooting a fellow student in the halls of Butler High School the morning of Oct. 29.

School shootings have taken a terrible human toll. They have also been a boon to the business of security technology.

Over the summer, Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox saw an array of items on display at an expo in Orlando, Fla. He and fellow reporter Steven Rich went on to investigate whether any of the technology being promoted and sold really helps save lives.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after the October 2018 shooting.
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A national organization dedicated to preventing gun violence in schools says it will be providing training and other educational materials for North Carolina students after the shooting death of a student at Butler High School in Matthews.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox with CMPD chief Kerr Putney.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox unveiled new plans to make schools safer with extra security measures that will include the random wanding of students and backpack searches.

A gun was confiscated from a student at Hopewell High School in Huntersville Wednesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say this is the fifth incident of a student bringing a gun on campus this year that they are aware of.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
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CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox did not attend Saturday’s funeral for the Butler High School student who was shot and killed on the school’s campus, saying his presence at the funeral would have been a distraction.

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A funeral service was held Saturday for Bobby McKeithen, 16, who was fatally shot at Butler High School on Monday. Another 16-year-old, Jatwan Cuffie, has been charged with first degree murder after police say he fired on McKeithen during a fight in a school hallway before the start of class.

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Family, friends and classmates of Bobby McKeithen held a vigil last night at Camp Greene Park in west Charlotte.

The crowd gathered to light candles, sing and remember the 16-year-old who was shot and killed during a fight with fellow student Jatwan Cuffie, who’s also 16.

Gary Weart, co-founder of Students Against Violence Everywhere.
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This week’s deadly shooting at Butler High School in Matthews stunned students, staff, and parents, and the impact has rippled through the community.  Nearly 30 years ago, Charlotteans were shocked by the shooting death of another student – West Charlotte High School Junior Alex Orange. His death gave birth to a student-led anti-violence movement that lives on today.  

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Students at Butler High School in Matthews resumed classes Thursday for the first time since a deadly shooting Monday morning. 

Some students said they’ve had a very hard week, others said it was just another school day. One father waiting in line to pick up his daughter, who's a sophomore, prepared for another hard conversation. 

The fatal shooting at Butler High School in Matthews was sparked by a fight over the weekend, according to court documents that detail statements made to police by the suspect. Sixteen-year-old Jatwan Craig Cuffie is charged with first-degree murder in Monday’s shooting of 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.
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Students will return to classes Thursday at Butler High School.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox takes questions about school security at school board meeting.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says he plans to rethink using metal detectors at schools in light of Monday’s fatal shooting at Butler High School in Matthews.

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