A local elementary school will be closed Tuesday because of an “active” police investigation, and one person has been taken into custody, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said Monday night.
Sterling Elementary will be closed “out of an abundance of caution,” CMS said in a statement. The threat did not involve any students, sources told the Observer’s news partner, WBTV.
“The safety of students, staff and all school personnel is top priority,” according to the statement. “Out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with law enforcement authorities in an ongoing investigation, Sterling Elementary is closed on Tuesday, Oct. 10, for all students, staff and personnel.”
Later Monday night, CMS sent another statement that said a person has been taken into custody.
“CMS Police have advised that the subject of investigation of a possible safety threat at Sterling Elementary is in custody thanks to the work of multiple law enforcement agencies. As a precautionary measure, Sterling Elementary will remain closed tomorrow....”
The school is in the 9600 block of China Grove Church Road, off East Westinghouse Boulevard and South Boulevard. The school lists a Pineville mailing address.
CMS will update families and staff on scheduling for Wednesday as soon as possible, according to the statement.
One parent told TV station WSOC that CMS called her Friday night and Sunday night saying there was a light lock down, meaning no playing outside.
“It's hard to explain to your children with the chain of events that are going on around the world that, you know, I now have to worry about your safety so close to home,” the mother told WSOC.
Some parents of students at the school were confused by the decision to cancel school for Tuesday.
“They should explain a little bit more for the safety of the kids,” parent Gabriela Salas told WBTV.
Salas and other parents told WBTV they got phone calls from the school late last week that referenced an out-of-state threat that police were investigating. Parents were told that they may see more police at the school.
However, the parents didn't seem to understand what led to the cancellation.