Gun, box cutter found on elementary campus

Parents are on high alert after two weapons were found at an elementary school.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is investigating after two students were found to be in possession of weapons on an elementary school campus. 

On Thursday, a staff member found two students to be in possession of a gun and a box cutter, respectively, on the campus of Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School in Charlotte's Quail Hollow neighborhood.

"My heart completely dropped," said Selena St. Juste, a concerned parent.  "We get those type of phone calls if there's a reminder or if there's a day off of school or picture day is coming, but hearing that was really scary."Police were called and the students are being disciplined. Still, some parents are uneasy hearing the news.

"My son is in kindergarten and I've never had this happen before," said Krystal Frazier, a concerned parent.

Frazier got the principal's message on her phone.  Her initial thoughts were was anyone in grave danger.

"I was just trying to make sure the kids were safe and my son was safe as well," said Frazier.

Last school year there were 322 cases of weapons on CMS campuses which includes guns and knives.

The CMS school district released this statement about Thursday's incident saying in part:

"Any student found to have brought weapons on campus will be disciplined as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct."

NBC Charlotte received a copy of the message delivered to parents by the school's principal. 

Good afternoon parents, this is Ms. Rodd, the principal of Huntingtowne Farms Elementary. I am calling to let you know of an incident that occurred on our campus today.  Staff was informed that a student brought a gun to school.  We identified the student, searched his/her personal belongings and found a gun. Upon further investigation, a box cutter was discovered in another student’s backpack. Law enforcement was notified immediately and they are conducting an investigation. No one was injured or threatened.  

I want to assure you that I am committed to providing a safe learning environment for your child.  Safety is my top priority and I take all incidents seriously.  Throughout the year, I will keep you informed of situations and provide accurate information when incidents happen at our school.

I encourage you to talk to your child about the seriousness of this incident and the importance of sharing with any administrator, teacher or staff person any situation that violates school conduct. Please inform your child of the consequences that go along with this, which can be found in your Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

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