Added security at Broughton High in Raleigh after student brings gun to school

14December 2021

— Students at Broughton High School will see more police officers on campus Tuesday a day after a student brought a gun to school.

This is the third straight week WRAL News has reported a threat involving a Wake County school that resulted in an increase in security the next day.

Broughton High School was locked down on Monday after a report that a student had a gun. In an email, the principal told parents the student was on campus for a brief time.

By the time law enforcement officers located the student, he or she had left the school.

Parent Kirstin Bachmann described “a jump in adrenaline” after receiving the alert. Other parents told WRAL News they’re thankful for the quick communication from the school district.

Additionally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say someone fired shots on the campus of West Charlotte High School, outside on the school property Monday around 2 p.m. No one was struck by the shots.

Last week, two weapons were found in the parking lot at the same high school. In total, 21 firearms have been found on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campuses this school year.

Monday’s incidents are the latest in a string of weapons being brought to schools across the state. It is a felony in North Carolina “for any person knowingly to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind on educational property.”

Person holding gun

In one of those incidents – a student found with an unloaded firearm at Cary High last week – police are recommending criminal charges. Simply by bringing a weapon to campus, the student faces up to a year’s suspension.

Katie Blalock, the parent of a Cary High School junior, she says she’s always felt like her son was safe until that happened.

“There is always that fear, especially when they start reporting more and more,” she said.

Both Blalock and Bachmann praised Wake schools for swift communication and say the key to making sure these incidents are addressed is to communicate with the students to report others who might be armed.

“Don’t keep that stuff secret, go and get help, go and get the teachers,” Blalock said.

Just last week, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker called on lawmakers to pass laws that could hold parents responsible when a minor breaks that law and on prosecutors to ask for stricter punishments for violations.

Teachers and educators across the nation have reported a rise in violence ever since students returned to classrooms from pandemic-related shutdowns, according to the news outlet Education Week, which has been tracking school shootings. The organization reports that there have been 31 school shootings this year and 23 since Aug. 1.

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