The superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said the deadly shooting at Butler High School Monday morning was a bullying incident gone "out of control".
Matthews Police identified the suspect as 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie and the victim as 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen. Police said Cuffie shot McKeithen during a fight; McKeithen later died. Cuffie was charged with first-degree murder.
The school was placed on lockdown around 8 a.m. That lockdown was lifted a little before 9:30 a.m. as hundreds of frustrated parents stormed the front doors of Butler High. A group of students said they were able to get out of the building as parents began to make their way inside to pick them up. One large crowd of parents marched onto Butler's campus from nearby Elevation Church after being asked to stay at the church by police and school administrators.
North Carolina has suffered 9,492 shooting incidents so far in 2018, and 390 teens have been killed or injured by firearms in a state that receives a D- from the Giffords Law Center for the strength of its gun laws.