This message CMS sent to West Charlotte families:
“Good morning, West Charlotte families, “This is Principal Hoskins with an important message. I’m calling to let you know that a safety screening was conducted today on our campus to help keep weapons and other prohibited items out of our school. Today’s screening was a precaution only – there was no threat or emergency.
All students and staff at our school are safe. Today’s safety screening was very similar to screenings we all participate in before entering football games and other school special events. No students were permitted to leave campus during the safety screening. Our staff, parents and students all wish safety screenings were not needed, but weapons must not be in our schools.
I am happy to share that no weapons were found during today’s safety screening. “However, prior to the safety screening, CMS police observed several students in a vehicle in our student parking lot. They approached the vehicle, questioned the students, conducted a search of the vehicle, and discovered two weapons.
The weapons were confiscated without incident. “Please speak with your student about the consequences of bringing a weapon to school. It is a violation of CMS policy and state law to have a weapon on any CMS campus. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone in violation. Your student’s safety is our top priority. “If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 980-343-6060. Thank you for your support of West Charlotte High School.”
CMS did confirm that a gun was also found at North Mecklenburg High School as well.
The following phone message was sent to North Meck parents early this morning:
"This is Principal Hood calling with an important message. Today, a student was found in possession of a firearm on campus. Law enforcement was called, and the firearm was confiscated without incident. No threats were made, and all students and staff are safe. It is a violation of CMS policy and state law to have a weapon on any CMS campus. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone in violation. Your student’s safety is our top priority. Thank you so much for your constant support of North Mecklenburg High School.”
Late Thursday Evening CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston addressed the stunning number of weapons found in CMS High Schools via this message posted via YouTube.
Let's face it our schools are not safe, be it thugs with stolen guns or hood rats with box cutters. Or in the case of the Michigan school shooter, a loner psycho kid with dad's Glock.
The CMS superintendent dismissed CMPD's request for metal detectors at all Junior and Senior High Schools last year. His reasoning is clearly your child's life isn't worth the additional costs.
I'll buy into the costs issue.
So how about random, unannounced search and seizures? Given the surge in weapons this seems to be the a logical step. Myers Park next Tuesday, Providence next Friday. Every student arriving at school, is surprised to be directed into the cafeteria for a "random security check" from which there was no prior announcement and no warning.
But finding the guns is just step one.
The actions afterward should be substantial and severe. Prosecution and expulsion, and permanent ban from CMS. No more second chances. Parents need to be prosecuted as well.
This won't stop the psycho kid - without 24 hour security the only way to prevent a Parkland or Oxford school shooting is luck and students and staff being alert.
And the media also needs to stop acknowledging the shooters by name. Any first year psyc student can tell you the perceived notoriety a violent act provide is a driving force.
Secure the school property - this seems to be a massive oversight. Drive by any CMS High School and the student parking lot is a solid mix of students and "non-students" just "hanging out" in their cars. Access to the student parking lot is unchecked and unmonitored.
Finally CMS clowns need to wake the truck up!