A student died Monday after being shot at a North Carolina high school, police said.
Another student was arrested by police, and the school was quickly placed on lockdown for more than an hour.
Students have been released, with law enforcement escorting kids out to their parents. The school will remain open and hold classes for anyone staying on the campus.
The shooting took place in a crowded hallway inside Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said that many students witnessed the shooting, and counselors and psychologists were available.
“There were many kids in the hallway when this happened,” he said, The Associated Press reported.
“We’re incredibly saddened by the fact that we had a loss of life on one of our campuses today. What makes it doubly difficult is that it was one of our students who was the shooter,” he said.
While police have not confirmed what kind of gun was used, Wilcox said: “I don’t know how a young person gets a handgun in the state of North Carolina.” He said the system was reviewing its security procedures.
The diverse student body of about 2,000 at the school in North Carolina’s most populous county is about one-third white, one-third African-American and one-quarter Hispanic.
Before the lockdown was lifted, dozens of parents gathered outside of the school to await word on the students. Multiple parents told local television channels that they felt confused and unsure about where to meet with their children.
Television footage showed students streaming out, with many crying and hugging parents.
• This article was based in part on wire service reports.
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