Another day, another shooting at a school
If you ever needed evidence that we’ve become all too desensitized to school shootings in the U.S., here it is. A student was shot and killed at a high school in North Carolina, and on the same day, classes in that school were resumed.
Butler High School is located just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Police told news outlets they responded to reports of a shooting there just before 8 a.m. The student who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, and later died. Another student was taken into custody, and police reportedly have possession of the gun that was used.
BREAKING: Heavy police presence on the campus of Butler High School in Matthews after shooting. Shooter is in custody, victim is at the hospital for treatment. Dozens of worried parents are also on scene. pic.twitter.com/pznG1KXX77
— Ruby Durham WCNC (@RubyElizDurham) October 29, 2018
BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: Text messages from a student inside Butler High.
Police confirm a student shot another student at Butler High School.
— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) October 29, 2018
Butler High was on lockdown for just over an hour during the incident, which police said was “an isolated incident and the scene has now been secured.” Reports say parents were notified by phone.
“Before the lockdown was lifted, dozens of parents gathered outside of the school to await word on the students. Multiple parents told local television channels that they felt confused and unsure about where to meet with their children,” reported CBS News. “Video provided to CBS affiliate WNCN by a freshman student showed panic in a crowded hallways in the aftermath of the incident, with students asking to be let out of the school.”
“A kid was shot, they want us to go to class,” the freshman, Joshua Cherry, is heard saying in the video. “Kids are crying. It’s a mess.”
Today, a student was shot and killed at Butler High School – yet classes went on. Imagine what it feels like to be told to get back to normal just hours after a school shooting. We shouldn't have to live like this. https://t.co/Is8avpnJ7v
— National School Walkout (@schoolwalkoutUS) October 29, 2018
Imagine your classmate being shot in school and having to go to 2nd period right after.
Some kids in North Carolina don’t have to imagine that. https://t.co/6FLxhFMqzc
— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) October 29, 2018
State Superintendent Mark Johnson released a statement. “I am heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence in one of our schools,” he wrote. “We have contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg authorities and will assist in any way we can, but of course our first thoughts are for the parents and other loved ones of the student who passed away. The safety of our students is paramount. This is a sad day for all of North Carolina, and we must work together as a community to address these problems.”
CBS reported that students were seen crying as they were streaming out of the school when they were allowed to leave. Classes were held for students remaining on campus.
The Superintendent has since announced school will be closed tomorrow. “We are going to give the teachers an opportunity to process what they’ve been through and we will give students an opportunity to stay home with family and loved ones and come to grips with what took place today,” he said.
This story has been updated with additional information provided by officials at a press conference Monday afternoon.