MINT HILL, N.C. (WBTV) – Three students are charged with robbing another student at gunpoint in the hallway of a high school in Mint Hill Monday, police say.
A 15-year-old boy at Rocky River High School says he was walking down the hallway around 2:15 p.m. when three students surrounded him, revealed a handgun and demanded his money. Police later said a BB gun, not a handgun, was used in the robbery.
The teen complied and handed over his wallet, police say. That’s when the teen says the robbers walked off and started dividing up the money. The incident was caught on surveillance. Mint Hill police are investigating and say the video is not available to the public.
One of the students was identified by detectives as 17-year-old Moises Hernandez. He is charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. A 15-year-old, whose name is not being released, is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a weapon on school property.
The third person, identified as 16-year-old Brandon Roberson, is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a weapon on school property. Roberson was arrested Tuesday evening.
“I don’t know any of them,” said Griselda Ramirez, a freshman at Rocky River High School.
WBTV asked her if she was concerned about a gun on campus.
“No, not really because I know nothing is going to happen to me,” Ramirez said.
But her mother, Ana Martinez, feels differently.
“It worries me. It’s my daughter you know. So many things happen in school right now you cannot be so sure that they’re secure,” Martinez said.
Other students and parents were concerned about a gun making it into the school as well.
“I wouldn’t expect a gun to be in school. Especially this school,” one student said.
Students told WBTV that they don’t go through any security to get into the building.
A spokesperson for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) said that they can’t reveal what security measures were in place at Rocky River High. But officials confirmed that schools do not have metal detectors.
An investigator told WBTV that one of the suspects probably just walked into school with the gun. Police and school officials say they rely heavily on students to report guns on school grounds. Parents say they’d like to see more – done.
One parent was shocked when we told him there were no metal detectors.
“They don’t?” the parent asked. “Well they need those, and just more police officers.”
CMS officials sent a Connect5 message to parents about the incident.
“Today, you may see a news story about an incident where a student was robbed on our campus after student dismissal yesterday,” the message read. “During the incident, no one was injured. This was an isolated incident and immediate action was taken.”
The message states that a safe environment is a top priority for CMS, and that “the students are being disciplined according to the CMS Code of Conduct and Mint Hill Police Department procedures.”
The message concludes, “Our school has put additional measures in place after school to support safety and supervision for students and staff.”
WBTV has learned school officials will also put more teachers and staff in the hallways after school to monitor students.
No injuries were reported in the robbery.
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