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Gun with ammo found in woods at Charlotte high school

CMS’ new safety screening measures include dogs and metal detectors

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools chief of staff Laura Francisco talks about 3 different screening models that include wands, metal detectors and gun powder dogs.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools chief of staff Laura Francisco talks about 3 different screening models that include wands, metal detectors and gun powder dogs.

A gun and ammunition was found on the grounds of Independence High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials said Monday.

A message to Independence families by Principal David Legrand said a “weapon with ammunition” was found in a wooded area on school property. Police are investigating.

There was no threat to students or staff, he said in the message.

CMS began searches of randomly-chosen high schools in January after the Oct. 29 shooting of a Butler High student and several subsequent episodes of guns being found in CMS high schools. No guns have been found in those searches, CMS spokesman Brian Hacker said.

But 16 firearms have been found on CMS school property this school year, the district reported, including the one reported Monday. That total includes guns found outside school buildings and when school was not in session, such as at night or on weekends. Eleven of the 16 guns were found inside a CMS school during school hours.

CMS caught 19 students with guns at schools in the 2016-17 school year, a 10-year high, the Observer has reported. That number fell to nine students with guns in 2017-18.

This year, CMS said, 21 students have been found with firearms at school. That number reflects the total number of students who touched a firearm, not the actual number of firearms, district officials said.

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