CHARLOTTE – Just as a Northeast Middle School bus driver was being hailed a hero Tuesday morning for stopping an armed student on the bus, CMS officials and police were thrown into another investigation of a student bringing a gun to school.
The second case happened at Jay M. Robinson Middle School in south Charlotte, where officials say a student showed an unloaded gun to a classmate on the bus. The cluster of gun cases at CMS middle schools has district leaders considering changes, while police continue their own investigations.
"It just so happens that in the last 24 hours we've had two cases and three guns, and that obviously concerns me," said CMS Deputy Police Chief Randy Hagler.
Despite these two cases, Hagler said reported gun cases are on a downward trend this school year.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said police are still investigating Monday's incident at Northeast, where officials said a student hijacked a bus with two loaded guns. Although a seventh-grade student was charged, investigators are now looking into how the middle-schooler got the guns and whether other students were potentially harmed during the school day.
"Until we can determine what role other people may have played, we're giong to look to hold everybody accountable," Monroe said.
CMS officials said they could have used GPS tracking devices on the buses if the situation Monday had escalated. They will continue to work to see if any security improvements can be made.