Harding H.S. crime more than quadrupled in last year

Harding H.S. crime more than quadrupled in last year

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 10 at 8:37 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police reports show crimes reported at Harding University High School have more than quadrupled over the past year.

NewsChannel 36 looked at reports filed from August to November 2010, in which nine crimes were called into police. For the same time period in 2011, there have been 42 police reports filed. The reports include assault, drugs, and weapons violations.

Harding High parents and students have been complaining for weeks that the school isn't safe. Just a few weeks ago, the school was put on lockdown after a threat was called in.  Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools police have stepped up security since then.

Parents and students said the problems started when E.E. Waddell merged with Harding this year, bringing two rival schools under one roof.

"That degree of change has made it really difficult for a lot of students," said Eric Davis, chairman of the board of education.

The CMS Board of Education voted Wednesday night to postpone a report on recent school mergers. The members will now hear the report on December 13, when two new members will take their seats on the board. Kaye McGarry was the sole dissenter, voting to view the report Wednesday.

"Let's just sweep it under the rug. We don't want the public to know," McGarry chided her colleagues. "The kids are scared. The parents are scared. This has become a security issue."

Board members said postponing the report would allow the interim superintendent to compile more research about the recent problems.

CMS said that the increased security will continue at the school indefinitely.

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