Charges reduced against teen accused of shooting classmate to death at NC high school

Charges have been reduced against a student who police said shot and killed a classmate last month inside North Carolina's Butler High School, according to WSOC-TV.

A Mecklenburg County grand jury heard Jatwan Cuffie's case on Monday and indicted him on second-degree murder charges.

Authorities last month charged Cuffie, 16, with first-degree murder after he was accused of shooting and killing his classmate, 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen, in the hallway of Butler High School.

Officials said the shooting stemmed from an off-campus fight.

By law, prosecutors cannot discuss business with the grand jury, so it is unclear why the charge was reduced.

The superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools last week announced new security measures for schools, according to WSOC-TV.

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After winter break, the district will begin using metal-detecting wands randomly on students and implement random bag searches, increased camera monitors and teacher panic cards.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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