Fight in School Hallway Results in Fatal Shooting

Butler High School in North Carolina then resumes classes
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2018 12:47 PM CDT
90 Minutes After Fatal School Shooting, Classes Resume
Gavriel Fulcher-Daniels, left, and Stephen Daniels talks with members of the media after a deadly shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. "It sounded like a balloon but louder," Fulcher-Daniels said, after hearing a gunshot that locked down the school.   (Joshua Komer/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

A fight in a high school hallway led to an all too familiar outcome Monday morning: a shooting that left a student dead. But Butler High School in Matthews, NC, also is drawing attention for its decision to resume classes less than two hours after the altercation. Police say two male students fought in a crowded hallway as students were arriving for the day, reports the AP. One student shot the other, who died at the hospital, and the alleged shooter is in custody, reports WRAL. A junior at the school tells the Charlotte Observer that students were ordered into the nearest classroom for about 90 minutes, then allowed to proceed to their scheduled class once the lockdown was lifted.

“They’re changing classes during an active crime scene,” says one parent critical of the decision to resume a normal school day. It appears to have been optional, however. After police gave the all-clear, the school district informed parents they could pick up their children at the high school, adding that "classes will proceed on campus today for students remaining on campus." Police are still investigating how the shooter was able to bring the gun into the school itself. (Authorities say this would-be school shooter appears to have been foiled by his own gun.)

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