MATTHEWS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - One student died in the hospital after being shot at a local high school in Matthews Monday morning, according to authorities. The shooter, who has been confirmed as a fellow student, is in custody.
The shooting happened at Butler High School located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road around 7:10 a.m. just as school began. The lockdown at the school was lifted around 9:15 a.m.
According to Matthews police, a fight broke out at the school Monday morning just before the shooting incident occurred. They said the shooter, a student, has been apprehended and the weapon is in possession of law enforcement.
Police advised that there is no further immediate danger at this time and the initial investigation shows this to be an isolated incident.
Parents were told to meet at Elevation Church in Matthews for further information Monday morning. A large group of frustrated parents headed back to the school to "demand answers" and get their children. Shortly after, the lockdown was lifted and parents were allowed to pick up their kids.
Police said students who are not being picked up by parents will remain in school for classes.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson released the following statement:
"I am heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence in one of our schools. 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."
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Matthews police along with CMS officials plan to hold a joint news conference at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
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