No bookbags, gym bags or instruments at Ardrey Kell High School after threat found


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A second threatening note has been found on a restroom stall at Ardrey Kell High School in south Charlotte.


A student sent FOX 46 Charlotte a photo of the threat. The note said “School shooting Friday, Feb. 17. Don’t come to school.”

“I honestly think they didn’t mean it,” said freshman Nicholas Ian. “I think they just didn’t want to go to school because the part where they said don’t come to school, that was suspicious to me.”

FOX 46 Charlotte has a copy of the message sent to parents from the principal.

Principal David Switzer said security has increased at the school. Officials are also not allowing students to bring book bags, gym bags, or instruments to school Friday.

“The one change we made was the no backpacks, just like they do at panther games,” said Switzer. “It would be in everyone’s best interest.” 

The principal said this will help prevent the possibilities of weapons being brought on campus.

School officials and law enforcement have already interviewed several students about the threat. The first threat was found on a restroom stall on Tuesday. The note had the same message as the one found today.

“We have shown the actual graffiti to students and they have started being proactive about identifying the handwriting,” said Switer. 

School leaders have been working with CMS police and CMPD to find out who is responsible for the threats. 

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