Surge in school threats lead to multiple student arrests in Charlotte


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A surge in violent school threats have lead to multiple students being arrested throughout Charlotte this week, police said. 

The first threat was reported around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Community Middle House School where a student had reportedly made a threat involving shooting a school bus. 

The School Resource Officer and principal made contact with who they believe was responsible for the threats and spoke with the student’s parents. Officers are following up with the family before he will be allowed back on campus. 

The next incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. at South Mecklenburg High School located on Park Road. Officers were told a student brought a weapon to school. The CMS Police Dept. were able to identify the student and locate a firearm in their vehicle. The student, identified as Fernando Vasquez, 17, had left the firearm in his vehicle while at baseball practice. Vasquez was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on educational property. The firearm was seized as evidence. 

At 2:04 p.m., the School Resource Officer at Kennedy Middle School on Gallant Lane received information that several students were throwing food and other objects, striking a student in the back of the head while in a classroom. While walking out of the classroom, the student was slapped across the back of the head and turned and made a comment to the students. Police said this incident remains under investigation. 

At 5:25 p.m., officers responded to Southwest Middle School on Steele Creek Road in reference to a student communicating threats on social media. A concerned person told police that they received a messaged on social media, specially SnapChat, that was threatening violence at the school. On Thursday, police arrested a 14-year-old girl in connection with the threats. 

Related: 14-year-old arrested for making threats toward Southwest Middle School

Later Wednesday night at 10:27 p.m., officers received a 911 call about someone communicating threats. While speaking with the 911 caller, they said they received a SnapChat from a person that was threatening students at Community Middle School located on Community House Road. 

CMPD and CMSPD said they are taking these threats of violence towards students and staff very seriously and are currently investigating all of these incidents. Anyone with further information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704)-334-1600. 

“We want people to understand we are very serious about the safety of the schools and that we will respond in this matter to every single threat that we get,” said CMPD Asst. Chief Vicki Foster.

“The kids need to understand any jokes any games anything that they think is funny that they want to post will definitely be invested and they will be held responsible,” she said. 

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