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Authorities Identify Juvenile Who Brought Firearm To School Open House

A juvenile who brought a firearm to an open house at West Iredell High School has been identified following an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office received information on August 17 about an individual who brought a firearm onto the campus of West Iredell High. The report was immediately assigned to a Threat Assessment Detective.

During the ensuing investigation, the detective learned the incident occurred on August 10, during the open house event. According to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell, the juvenile who brought the firearm on campus was a former West Iredell student who attended the open house event with friends.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance video from the school. The juvenile suspect and the parents of the juvenile were also interviewed. Detectives determined that the juvenile brought a firearm, which was concealed in the waistband of their pants, on to the campus.

Detectives have petitioned the Department of Juvenile Justice to charge the suspect with felony possessing a weapon on educational property. Sheriff Campbell said in a news release that the incident served as an important reminder to parents to encourage students to report any suspicious activity to their School Resource Officer or school administration. This can be done in person or on the “Iredell Sheriff” App.

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