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Police on the scene of a shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, NC

Student shot to death in North Carolina high school

Quarrel between 2 students at Butler High in Matthews, N.C., leads to gunfire.

A student was shot to death Monday morning in the hallway of a high school in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the shooting resulted from a quarrel between two students at Butler High School in Matthews, a suburb of Charlotte.

The shooting suspect is in custody. The identities of the suspect and victim have not been released.

"The single shooter has been apprehended and the weapon is in the possession of law enforcement," says a post on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Facebook page. "Law enforcement has advised that there is no further immediate danger at this time and initial investigation shows this to be an isolated incident."

The shooting occurred around 7 a.m., shortly before classes started, and many students were in the hallway at the time, investigators say.

A school resource officer was nearby, and “the situation was under control very quickly,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says. Surveillance video showed that the fight between the two students was “isolated to the hall.” 

Wilcox says it was not clear how the suspect was able to get a gun into the school, but noted that the school staff does not search all bags brought onto campus.

“We’ve worked really hard on school security the last six or seven months,” Wilcox says. “We are going to review all our procedures, we are going to review our security plans and perhaps will do things that are a little more aggressive.

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