February 20, 2020
On Thursday, February 20, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Matthews Police received an anonymous tip that identified a particular student at Butler High School who was said to be in the possession of a weapon on campus. The Butler School Resource Officer (SRO) was immediately made aware of this information and then quickly located the student in question. Upon the SRO speaking to this student, the student ran out of the building towards Matthews Mint Hill Rd. After a brief foot pursuit, the student was taken into custody on Matthews Mint Hill Rd. near campus. During the course of this investigation, it was discovered that the 17-year-old male student was in possession of a pistol style BB gun.
The student was evaluated and treated on-scene by Medic after injuring himself during his attempt to flee the officer.
This student will be released into the custody of a parent/guardian and a criminal charge for the violation below will be filed with the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court:
N.C.G.S 14-269.2 Weapons on Campus or Other Educational Property
This incident shows what an impact the “If You See Something, Say Something” program can have on school administrators and law enforcement being able to quickly identify a possible safety concern and address it accordingly. If you haven’t already, please assist us by talking to your children about this concept and emphasize to them just how important it is for maintaining everyone’s safety.
To provide tips to the Matthews Police Department, please see the list of ways below. However, please keep in mind that tips that are submitted on any of our social media platforms, or the Tip Line, are not monitored 24/7. This means that anything considered an emergency would need to be directed to our Communications Center for an immediate response at 704-847-5555 or 911.
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Facebook - @matthewsncpd
Twitter - @matthewspolice
Nextdoor – Matthews Police
Tip Line – 704-841-6787