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Gun found at Harding University High after fight

Harding University was put on lockdown Tuesday after a fight on campus. School officials said police found a gun during a search after the incident.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A gun was found at Harding University High School in west Charlotte after a fight Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools confirmed. 

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said the fight broke out around 12:30 p.m. which caused officers to respond to the campus.

Harding's assistant principal sent a message to parents Tuesday saying the gun was found in a book bag during a search by police.

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The following message was sent to parents by Harding: 

"This is Assistant Principal, Dr. Foggie with an important message. Today, we placed the school on lockdown due to a fight. A gun was found in a book bag during a search by law enforcement. The safety and security of our students and staff are of paramount importance and today’s actions were necessary to ensure that safety. This behavior is not appropriate and will not be tolerated. Any students found to be involved in today’s incidents will be disciplined in accordance with the CMS Code of Student Conduct."

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The students involved in the fight have not been identified at this time. CMPD said two juveniles have been charged for their involvement in the fight.

JUST IN: CMS confirms a gun was found in a book bag inside Harding University High School following a fight today. The school was placed on lockdown. Live reports beginning at 4 pm on WCNC Charlotte

Posted by Brandon Goldner on Tuesday, November 30, 2021

In police radio calls, a police officer can be heard requesting help breaking up the fight.

"All units start toward Harding High School, reference fight," a dispatcher said.

"We're clearing it out," an officer can be heard saying. "We are 10-4."

Another officer radioed in, "Units that are 23 at Harding, just stay put. They're going into lockdown so just hang tight till we get everybody cleared."

Over 15 guns have been found on CMS campuses this school year alone. Six Hopewell High School students were charged after two weapons were found after a fight on campus earlier this month. 

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More than a dozen Mallard Creek High School students were charged in connection with a fight that broke out at the school in mid-November.

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