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17 charged after Mallard Creek HS put on lockdown after 'series of fights' on campus

Police were called to Mallard Creek High School Thursday after a series of fights broke out between students.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 17 people will be charged after Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte was placed on lockdown after a series of fights broke out in the hallway Thursday morning, officials said.

Principal Jennifer Dean sent a message to parents that said police were called to the school and campus was put on lockdown. Medic confirmed that one person was treated for injuries that aren't life-threatening. 

"A series of fights broke out this morning, and our school went on lockdown," the message said in part. "This is unacceptable behavior and a violation of the Code of Student Conduct."

Dean said students who violate the code of conduct will be disciplined accordingly. 

After the fight, the school continued on a modified lockdown, which included the serving of lunch.

"I am committed to providing a safe and positive high school experience for our students," Dean said in her message.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the school shortly after 11 a.m. to assist the school resource officer. 

The incident is still under investigation, according to CMPD.

One parent who spoke to WCNC Charlotte's Shamarria Morrison said the trend of recent violent incidents at CMS school gives him "the most pause" he's ever had about school security. He had arrived at Mallard Creek High School to pick up his daughter.

Another parent Earl Philips is considering taking his child out of the district. 

"This is a time to implement online schooling that’s what we’re doing," Philips said. "Because we want to provide a safe place for our children to learn."

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Thursday's fight is the latest violent incident on a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campus in recent weeks. Six Hopewell High School students were charged after two guns were found following a fight earlier this month. 

Last week, CMPD said it was investigating a "large fight" in the parking lot of West Mecklenburg High School. CMPD said two minors were in possession of knives during the incident. Both were arrested following the incident. 

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