WILMINGTON, N.C (WNCT) — A student was shot Monday morning at New Hanover High School in Wilmington. A 15-year-old has been taken into custody and is facing charges.
In a Monday press conference by the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office, officials said Chance Deablo was taken into custody. One of the charges he is facing is attempted first-degree murder. The wounded student was taken to a hospital and his injuries aren’t considered life-threatening, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.
Both teens are students at the school, which has about 1,500 students, according to county schools spokesman Russell Clark.
“Our schools need to be the safest place for our children to be,” McMahon said. “We are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior in our school system.”
CBS affiliate WWAYTV3.com reported earlier Monday that law enforcement were at New Hanover High School after a report of a shooting around 11 a.m. A spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that students from New Hanover High were being transferred to Williston Middle School and Gregory Elementary.
Just before 1 p.m. Monday, officials said a search of the school was being conducted. Once the scene was secured, parents were allowed to pick up their children.