Intruder walks freely into Charlotte school

Intruder walks freely into Charlotte school

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 5:17 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte is calling attention to school security after an incident at North Charlotte school.

A man walked inside Highland Mills Montessori Elementary School, leading to a call to police, and parents feel concerned. 

Police say on Monday, 40-year-old Nelson Thompson stumbled into the building. The staff noticed the man acting strangely. The principal escorted Thompson outside, quickly returned to lock the door behind him and call police.
 
Parents want to know how he accessed the school to begin with. Thompson walked easily in through the front door. 
 
The school recently added a new electronic locking system, requiring visitors to be buzzed into the school, but it’s not yet up and running. The district says some schools have the locks, others don’t.
 
They’re rolling out the program in phases. Per policy, if the system isn’t yet in use, it is okay to leave the door unlocked.
 
Thompson’s motive is unknown. He has been arrested dozens of times for minor offenses. 
 
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokesperson released the following statement to NBC Charlotte on Wednesday:
 
The school handled it as they should have...He was acting strangely the principal escorted him outside came back in and locked the door.

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