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Update: Response to Northwest Cabarrus Middle on March 9

 

March 9, 2018 – On Friday, March 9, 2018, at approx. 9:20 a.m., the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to a physical threat at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School (5140 NW Cabarrus Drive, Concord, NC).

While class was in session, a 13 year-old student retrieved a knife from her backpack and threatened a teacher. Another staff member subdued the student and the knife was secured. 

Within seconds of the incident, the School Resource Officer, Deputy Brian Heintz of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, entered the classroom. The juvenile offender was secured.

Students in the class were safeguarded during the limited time of the incident. No injuries occurred during the altercation and there was no evacuation.

While evaluating the scene, Deputy Heintz discovered a backpack belonging to the juvenile offender in the classroom. The backpack contained an unloaded .25-caliber handgun and separated ammunition, which Deputy Heintz secured.

Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a search of the juvenile residence, where they located and seized three shotguns and three handguns.

The juvenile is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation and faces felony charges of Bringing a Firearm onto School Grounds and Assault on a School/Government Official.

The mother and father of the juvenile, both of whom live in the home, were charged with misdemeanor Failure to Secure/Store a Firearm to Protect a Minor (N.C. General Statute 14-315.1).

“In light of recent school threats, which not only take place in our community and the surrounding area, but throughout our country, this behavior will not be tolerated,” said Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley. “We will prosecute every threat to the fullest extent, including copycat threats or threats intended to strike fear to the people who learn and work in our schools. It is important that we establish a line in the sand and find ways to eradicate this problem.”

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with administration at the Cabarrus County School District and staff at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School to conclude the investigation.

Throughout the response, the Cabarrus County School District expressed their appreciation for the Sheriff’s Office.

In a statement to Sheriff Riley, Cabarrus County Schools said:

“We appreciate the Sheriff’s Office assistance today at Northwest Middle School, in helping us to keep our campuses safe, and we are thankful that no one was injured. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that our campuses are safe and will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to look for ways to improve our safety protocols.”

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