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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville Police arrested a North Meck High School student after he fled from officers who were acting on a tip he had a gun on campus.
“He kept us calm, but some people were freaking out," says North Meck junior Angela Russell, speaking about her second period teacher during Thursday's lockdown. Angela says it was a terrifying morning.
“The feeling was too much to describe-- I was shaking,” she recalled.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Police say they received a tip from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department that a student might have a gun at school. So, the school resource officers went to search the student. When the school resource officer confronted the student, he bolted, officials say.
AirStar 36 was the only camera there when police chased the 15-year-old into the woods with K-9 officers. He was seen running through the area with a backpack but dropped the backpack before police found him; officers found the student’s backpack and then a .9 mm pistol nearby, and arrested the student.
The incident caused North Meck High School and nearby Blythe Elementary and Alexander Middle Schools to be on lockdown for about 30 minutes.
Investigators said the whole ordeal started when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police went to the teen's home looking for him in connection with another incident, and believing he had a gun.
When officers did not find the student or the gun, they called the school resource officer at the North Meck. That officer located the student, confronted him in a hallway and asked if he was carrying anything.
Investigators said that is when the student bolted out of a door.
Though the threat of danger was over, Angela's mom came to pick her up early. Angela says it scares her the student was able to bring a gun in school so easily
“Very uncomfortable-- we need more security ,” she expressed.
The student is in custody and because he is a juvenile his name is not being released. He's charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, possession of a firearm on campus, carry concealed weapon, alter/remove serial number on firearm and resisting arrest.
His mother was called to the station but she refused to answer questions about her son or where he got the gun.
Police said their security at the school worked as it should, even thought a loaded gun made it into a school with students.
No one was injured in the incident.