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Police seize loaded gun from Hopewell Excessive scholar


After a tip that somebody had a weapon on campus, college cops confiscated a gun from a scholar at Hopewell Excessive Faculty in Huntersville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, Charlotte Observer information accomplice WBTV reported.

The gun was loaded, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Faculties Superintendent Clayton Wilcox advised the Observer in an interview.

WSOC-TV recognized the scholar as 17-year-old Michael Spates.

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Police arrested 17-year-old Michael Spates on a cost of getting a loaded gun at Hopewell Excessive Faculty in Huntersville, NC, on Wednesday.

Mecklenburg County jail

Huntersville police arrested Spates at about 12:40 p.m. on a cost of getting a gun on academic property, a felony, Mecklenburg County jail information present.

Police took Spates earlier than a Justice of the Peace, who ordered the teenager jailed on $10,000 bail, in accordance with jail information.

Wilcox advised the Observer that the gun was seized when a scholar advised adults about it.

The case was the third in lower than two weeks involving a weapon on a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Faculties campus.

Bobby McKeithen, a 16-year-old sophomore at Butler Excessive Faculty, was fatally shot in a hallway on the college earlier than lessons started Oct. 29. Jatwan Cuffie, a 16-year-old Butler freshman, was charged with homicide.

The day after McKeithen was shot, a Garinger Excessive scholar was caught with a gun in school. Del’Marcus Walker, 16, was charged with carrying a hid weapon and altering a gun serial quantity, in accordance with the CMPD launch.

Wilcox advised the Observer on Wednesday that it’s uncommon to have three weapons in school in lower than two weeks, however CMS doesn’t imagine the Butler, Garinger and Hopewell incidents are linked.

Based on WBTV, Hopewell principal Tracey Pickard stated in a message to oldsters that “our cops have been instantly notified and investigated the tip with college administration. A scholar was searched with out incident and a weapon was positioned. The coed has been charged by Huntersville PD. The coed can be receiving college penalties in accordance with the CMS Scholar Code of Conduct.”

Pickard urged dad and mom and guardians to emphasize with their kids “the significance of creating certain they by no means have a weapon in school,” WBTV reported.

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Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak

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