Reports of out of control classrooms, armed robberies, guns, violence and sexual assaults in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools have been common since well before the COVID pandemic.
Parents and those who read the posts on "Next Door" are surprised the crime surge in CMS schools has finally made it to main stream media.
Reports of violent school crimes, are suddenly being broadcast across not only social media but now print and television news which is leading to mounting pressure from concerned parents,
So how does CMS superintendent Earnest Winston respond? He creates a "task force" then he attacks the media and "noisy" parents by pointing fingers in opposite directions and blaming everyone one but the school system.
A Note from Superintendent Winston
To the CMS community,
As a parent, I understand the concerns many families are sharing about news coverage of incidents of misconduct. It is difficult for me to not give in to the parental instinct of providing information to help others gain a better understanding of situations, which many times prove more complex than news reports might lead one to conclude.
As the leader of the district, I am bound by law to not disclose confidential information about such matters as individual student discipline or ongoing police investigations.
We take all allegations of misconduct very seriously, and our staff is trained to follow proper procedures in reporting. District leaders review assertions of Title IX reporting problems and will take appropriate action in the event any review reveals action is necessary.
Earlier this year, I requested the creation of a Title IX task force. That task force has been working together to discuss recommended improvements in how our district handles allegations of misconduct. In a few weeks, I will receive a report from the task force. I will review the report for recommendations to make our schools safer.
But violent Crime at CMS is nothing new, here's just a sample:
At approximately 1:45 p.m, on Thursday, August 26, 2021, officers were alerted that a student had been robbed by another student at Mallard Creek High School. Shortly after the incident, a CMS staff member located the juvenile suspect. As a part of the continued investigation, officers located a knife, stolen firearm, and marijuana in his immediate possession. The juvenile was charged with Common Law Robbery, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Stolen Firearm, Possession of Concealed Weapon, and two other felony weapons charges. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210826-1345-02.
Shortly after 1:45 p.m., on Thursday, August 26, 2021, a school resource officer for West Mecklenburg High School received an anonymous tip about a student who was in possession of a firearm. With the assistance of school administration, the suspected student was located, and a search of his property was performed by CMS staff. After the search, a BB gun that modeled a Glock 9 was found in the immediate possession of the student. The juvenile student was charged with Possession of a Weapon at School. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210826-1351-00.
On August 27, 2021, at approximately 8:24 a.m., officers responded to an armed person call for service at West Charlotte High School. Upon arrival, officers located accessories from a firearm in plain view inside a vehicle that was parked in the student parking lot. As the investigation continued, officers located three firearms inside the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was identified as a student and arrested. The juvenile was charged with Possession of Weapon at School, Possession of Stolen Goods, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210827-0821-03.
There has also been a series of altercations at Harding High School. These altercations have involved two groups of students, but no weapons or serious injuries have been involved. Two juvenile students have been charged as juveniles and several others involved suspended from the school. Following these events, CMS Police and Freedom Division have provided extra support to ensure the safety of all students and faculty.
Just two days, five arrests. Crime is common as common at CMS as fake meat in the school cafeteria. It has just become more violent and brazen. There is a huge amount of "you can't do nuttin" perception from a large contingent of the student population. This is the end result of bail reform, protections given juveniles and Mecklenburg County's District Attorney unwillingness to fully prosecute juvenile offenders. Mecklenburg Courts are equally unwilling to punish juvenile offenders.
However, as in Louden County Virginia the day of reckoning for the CMS school board members is coming.