Crime & Courts

Loaded gun found on student at West Charlotte High School

A student was found with a loaded gun at West Charlotte High School Friday morning, forcing the school to go on a modified lockdown, according to officials.

Sources told WBTV the student, identified as 17-year-old Nelson Smith, was found with a group of students “in a place he wasn’t supposed to be” while all other students were in class.

An administrative search was done on the students, police said, but Smith tried to pull away from the officer. During the struggle, the officer saw the gun in Smith’s waistband.

Smith was then taken into custody without further incident. There is no word on what type of gun the student had.

Officials said no threat was ever made.

The school’s principal sent a note to parents about the incident. It read, in part, “Because of the tight security processes we have in place, this morning a student was found with a loaded firearm in their possession. Any student with a weapon on campus will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct. This was an isolated incident and no students or staff were ever threatened and everyone is safe. Our school was placed on a restricted movement as a precautionary action. We have secured additional resource officers as an added precaution.”

Smith was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and gun on an educational property.

School officials have not said how Smith will be disciplined.

No further information has been released.