The Matthews Police Department stated on Facebook they responded to a shooting at Butler High School Monday morning.
The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting, WSOC said.
The shooting came after an altercation in one of the school's main hallways before classes on Monday morning, with text messages from a student sent to his or her mother at 7:13 a.m. the student had fled the scene.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the shooting appears to have stemmed from a case of bullying 'that escalated out of control'.
According to a statement from CMS, there is no further immediate danger to the school.
The school briefly went into a lockdown as the wounded student, who was also not identified by police, was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Dozens of parents gathered outside of the school of about 2,000 students.
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Brody's big sister, Bella, now an 11th-grader at the charter, Commonwealth High, said today's event corroborates her decision to leave Butler. The school district said that students' families were being notified by phone.
The campus about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte is on lockdown, and parents are being notified about what happened.
CMS does not have metal detectors in school, nor does it perform searches on students. "What would parents have said to us if we let kids run out and didn't know where they were?"
Counselors and psychologists were available for the students who witnessed the shooting. The suspect has been taken into custody. "But we are going to look into all those things, and we will do our best to make sure that this never happens again".
"The student who was shot is in surgery at this time". "Law enforcement officers have secured the campus and an investigation by law enforcement continues".
Classes did proceed on campus for students not retrieved by their parents.
Cuffie admitted to the crime and surrendered at the school, according to authorities.