Pictured above: Concerned parents head toward Butler High School Monday morning – Picture courtesy of WSIC news partner FOX 46
MATTHEWS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – One student died in the hospital after being shot at a high school in Matthews Monday morning, WSIC news partner FOX 46 reports.
The shooter, who has been confirmed as a fellow student, is in custody.
The shooting happened at Butler High School located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road around 7:10 a.m. just as school began. The lockdown at the school was lifted around 9:15 a.m.
According to Matthews police, a fight broke out at the school Monday morning just before the shooting incident occurred. They said the shooter, a student, has been apprehended and the weapon is in possession of law enforcement.
Police advised that there is no further immediate danger at this time and the initial investigation shows this to be an isolated incident.
Parents were told to meet at Elevation Church in Matthews for further information Monday morning. A large group of frustrated parents headed back to the school to “demand answers” and get their children. Shortly after, the lockdown was lifted and parents were allowed to pick up their kids.
“Our hearts are with the family, loved ones, friends and everyone affected by the tragedy which occurred this morning at Butler High School. Counseling is available to any student or staff who wishes to speak to someone. The Butler High School community and CMS appreciates the support of the entire community during this difficult time.” — Statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Police said students who are not being picked up by parents will remain in school for classes.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson released the following statement:
“I am heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence in one of our schools. We have contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg authorities and will assist in any way we can, but of course our first thoughts are for the parents and other loved ones of the student who passed away. The safety of our students is paramount. This is a sad day for all of North Carolina, and we must work together as a community to address these problems.”
Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey issued the following statement in regards to the shooting:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events at Butler High School this morning. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this young man, and to everyone affected at Butler High School. Our hearts are with you, and the community stands behind you. This is a very sad day here in Matthews.”
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of today’s tragic killing of a student at Butler High School. I am devastated by another heartbreaking loss of life and my thoughts are with the students and families who have been affected. My heart is with all of you during this time of sorrow.”
Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement:
“I am heartbroken to hear about today’s school violence that has taken the life of a high school student in Matthews, and my family is praying for this community. I have been in touch with local officials to offer condolences and state support as needed. As we get more information it is critical that we come together to do everything in our power to prevent these incidents from happening and keep guns out of our schools.”