Butler High School Classes Resume Hours After Student Shoots Classmate To Death

Glen Norman
October 30, 2018

The Matthews Police Department confirms a student was killed following a shooting at Butler High School in Matthews.

Police say the suspect is in custody. Investigators have said that it's likely the shooting and the fight that preceded it were captured on the school's surveillance video cameras.

"There were many kids in the hallway when this happened", said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. The suspect admitted to the shooting and, around 7:25 a.m., said he wanted to surrender, Tyrrell said. Maybe we didn't intervene early enough in a bullying situation.

Shootings have become so normalized in our society that we're expected to get over it and move on in (literally) an instant.

Wilcox said "dozens if not hundreds" of students witnessed the shooting before fleeing in panic. The incident appears to be isolated. "What would parents have said to us if we let kids run out and didn't know where they were?"

The incident prompted pandemonium within the school community, according to the Associated Press and other outlets, as the school was placed into lockdown for about two hours and many terrified parents rushed toward the school to make sure their children were safe.

He said the system was reviewing its security procedures.

Guardians and parents were advised of the incident via email and telephone calls.

Classes went on as scheduled for students who opted to stay on campus, CBS Charlotte reports. Teachers were told to finish out the day, according to Tracy Russ, chief communications officer for the school district. WSOC was reporting live that angry parents were gathering around the campus, despite being told they were to wait for updates at nearby Elevation Church on East Independence Boulevard.

When the lockdown was lifted, television footage showed students streaming out, with many crying and hugging parents. About 2,100 students attend the school, according to its website.

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