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Investigation continues after gun found at Ashley Park school

By Ann Doss Helms and Hilary Trenda
ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say an Ashley Park student who brought an unloaded gun to school Friday was part of an ongoing dispute between classmates at the school.

The department’s gang unit is now investigating the dispute.

Ashley Park, which serves preK through eighth grade students, was on lockdown for a few hours Friday after police found a .380 handgun in a male student’s backpack. The lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m. Friday.

Details on the student’s age or grade have not yet been released, but he is believed to be an older student in the middle school.

Nearly 30 family members gathered outside the front doors of the school on Belfast Drive in West Charlotte in the early afternoon, where school officials were making them wait. A number of people were complaining about the decision by CMS to mix older students with younger ones in the same school.

CMS officials said if parents were on the school campus their students would be dismissed to them, but reiterated that students were in class, safe, and instruction continued throughout the day.

CMPD and CMS officials continue to investigate.

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