Student killed in NC school shooting; fellow student in custody

Posted October 30, 2018

A student was shot at Butler High School Monday morning.

Neither the suspect nor the victim's names or ages were immediately released, but Matthews Police Department Capt. Stason Tyrrell confirmed the victim died in the hospital, and the suspect was quickly taken into custody by a school resource officer as others rushed to the scene.

"We were able to review the surveillance video of the shooting, which was a fight between the two students", Tyrrell said, describing it as an "isolated incident".

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Butler High School, roughly 12 miles southeast of Charlotte, went into lockdown around 7 a.m. Monday after a student fired a gun at another student during a disagreement in a hallway.

One student was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. The school's website says that there are 2123 students enrolled in the school.

Police said the shooting was potentially a case of bullying that escalated.

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"We've worked really hard on school security the last six or seven months", Wilcox said.

However, many parents ignored the command and dozens were standing at the school's front doors when students began leaving the building shortly after 9 a.m.

Parents were permitted to pick their children up from school after the shooting but had to sign them out in-person at the front entrance. The mother of a student, Christina Sawyer, told WBTV, "She said there was just an argument and that the argument turned into him brandishing a gun".

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Several of the departing students said they learned about the incident from Instagram. "Classes will proceed on campus today for students remaining on campus", the statement continued.