Crime

Girl, 13, accused of pulling knife on teacher at Charlotte-area middle school

A 13-year-old girl is accused of threatening a teacher with a knife at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School on Friday.

Another teacher heard the girl arguing with the teacher and helped get the knife away from the girl, Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley said at a news conference. A school resource officer arrived in under a minute, Riley said. No one was injured, according to the sheriff.

Riley did not disclose what prompted the confrontation.

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Investigators later found an unloaded .25 caliber handgun and separate ammunition in the girl’s book bag, Riley said. The book bag wasn’t with her during the encounter, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff’s officers found three shotguns and three handguns at the girl’s home, Riley said. Officers charged her parents with failure to secure firearms from a minor, the sheriff said. He said they cooperated in the investigation.

The girl will undergo a mental health evaluation and faces charges of bringing a firearm onto school grounds and assault on a school or government official, both felonies, the sheriff said.

“Our message today is that this type of behavior in Cabarrus County is not going to be tolerated,” Riley said at the news conference.

No names have been released.

The school was placed on lockdown during the investigation. Riley said all Cabarrus County schools have armed guards.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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