CHARLOTTE – Twelve days after a high school shooting in Florida left 17 dead, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said in a Facebook Live video that he doesn’t support arming staff with guns.
“I just don’t think adding more guns to an already volatile situation makes sense,” Wilcox said. “I think it confuses the situation for an officer who has to respond.”
Still, he’s having conversations with Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, about preventing guns from ever reaching campus.
Putney said in the same Facebook Live video that CMS and CMPD have to think through logistically what safe schools look like, determine the costs and show the public what that looks like.
“I don’t think we should get hung up on the politics or the funding,” Putney said. “We should look for practical solutions.”
Schools are required to report the number of firearms found on campus. CMS reported 19 during the 2016-17 school year, including two at Rocky River High and one at Crestdale Middle.
Wilcox said students are reporting such dangers to staff and none led to shootings.
The Mint Hill Police Department encourages students to report suspicious behavior, according to tips posted on its Facebook page Feb. 26.
“Our department is in constant communication with all of the schools within our jurisdiction working with school principals and administrators to ensure all of the most current and up to date safety protocols are in place for the children that attend these schools,” police said.
Want to learn more?
Visit www.facebook.com/cmpdnews to view the video of Clayton Wilcox and Kerr Putney addressing school safety. The video is called “Straight Talk with Kerry Putney.”