CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Students from three different area schools were arrested for bringing loaded guns to campus just a couple of weeks into a new school year.

  • Three students were arrested for bringing guns to school
  • Happened at a Charlotte, Union County and Rock Hill school
  • No one was hurt in any of the incidents

“When it comes to guns, there's not gray area, it’s black and white. When there’s a gun or a knife or weapon on school campus, it needs to be reported,” said Captain Mark Bollinger with the Rock Hill Police Department.

The first incident happened Friday, Aug. 31 at West Charlotte High School where the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested 17-year-old Nelson Smith. The other two instances happened on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at East Union Middle School in Union County where a 12-year-old was arrested and Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C. where police arrested 18-year-old Tony Lopez.

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Fortunately, no one was hurt during any of these incidents.

“We don't know what his [Lopez] intentions were. He said he didn't mean anything by it, but we always have to err on the side of caution,” said Bollinger.

Law enforcement agencies from three jurisdictions are still investigating why these three students brought guns to school and where the gun came from. While these cases happened in different counties, police say in most of these cases, students who saw something said something.

“We applaud those students, the ones who came forward and reported this information because without that quick action on their part who knows what could have happened,” said Tony Underwood with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

All of these cases are still under investigation.           

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