A student shot and killed by another student at Butler High School yesterday in North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg County School district has been identified.
So has the shooter.
Jatwan Cuffie, age 16, has been charged with the first-degree murder for the death of 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen.
The shooting at Butler High School occurred around 7:15 a.m. Monday morning. According to the arrest report, by 7:21 a.m. Jatwan Cuffie had been taken into custody.
Matthews Police department was quickly on the scene and posted to Facebook that they believed the shooting was an “isolated incident.”
The school went on lockdown as police investigated. The lockdown was lifted by law enforcement around 9 a.m. but students had not been allowed to leave the building until then. According to reports from students inside the building, school officials tried to make them continue the day’s scheduled classes while police were on the scene.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the district superintendent said ‘bullying’ was the cause.
Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said it “began with bullying that escalated out of control, and as fear took over a young person brought a gun to solve the problem.” He would not elaborate on the alleged bullying, but said investigators have found no evidence that Cuffie and McKeithen “had anything in common in terms of a beef that went on … at school.”
The district’s superintendent was also clueless about how a student could have brought a gun inside the school while simultaneously admitting to negligent security measures.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson released a statement about the shooting and also tweeted that the ‘safety of our students is paramount’.
Governor Roy Cooper also issued a statement:
“I am heartbroken to hear about today’s school violence that has taken the life of a high school student in Matthews, and my family is praying for this community. I have been in touch with local officials to offer condolences and state support as needed. As we get more information it is critical that we come together to do everything in our power to prevent these incidents from happening and keep guns out of our schools.”
While North Carolina officials were offering condolences, the usual cast of ghouls was politicizing the shooting.