Two CCIS students charged with bringing firearms to school

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Intermediate school was on lockdown Friday morning.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Two male students at Carroll County Intermediate School have been charged after bringing firearms to school Friday, educators have confirmed.

Administrators put the school on lockdown after a parent informed the staff there that there was a possibility of a weapon on the property, according to information from the school system.
Deputies from the Carroll Sheriff's Office and police from Hillsville Police Department responded and conducted a search of the school and found two firearms.The officers confiscated the guns without incident and took the two students into custody.
"All students were safe in their classroom as the searches were conducted," educators said in a message sent to parents at about 11:30 a.m. "The school has returned to normal operation and we plan on continuing with the remainder of the school day."

The firearms, described as handguns, were not in the possession of the students, schools Superintendent Greg Smith told The Gazette afterwards.
At that point, educators were not sure why the students would have brought the guns to school.
"We can determine no motive at this time," the superintendent said.
The students will be disciplined according to state and federal laws, he added.
"It's a student matter, so I will not disclose any consequences," Smith said.
The students face an immediate 10 day suspension, followed by a 365-day expulsion, according to state law.
Charges have been filed in this case, and the Carroll Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
When asked, Smith said he did not know the ages or the grades of the students.
Parents were informed about the incident by School Reach, Assistant Superintendent Kevin Harris said.
"We thought it was very important to let parents know what was going on as quickly as possible…. to let them know their children were safe," he said.