Governor Cooper in Winston-Salem as community mourns student killed in high school shooting

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 11:35 AM EDT
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper was in Winston-Salem as a community mourns the death of a student shot and killed at a high school on Wednesday.

One student died in the shooting at Mount Tabor High School in Forsyth County and Governor Roy Cooper says now is the time to redouble efforts to keep schools safe.

The shooter, believed to be another student, was arrested later Wednesday evening.

The governor commended law enforcement, educators, and the community in their response to yesterday’s events that unfolded.

Students were reunited with family after the shooting Wednesday after having to shelter in place in their classrooms.

The mother of the teen who was shot and killed has a message for parents:

“Tell the mothers to love on their babies. Because I didn’t get a chance to tell my baby I loved him. She said and tell the mothers to tell their babies to put the guns down because it’s senseless,” Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. said on behalf of the mother.

Governor Cooper says now, the community needs to come together with a deeper resolve to keep schools safe.

That means training school resource officers, making sure there are more mental health treatment and prevention for students, investing in educators and keeping guns out of schools.

This is the second shooting at a school in North Carolina this week and the investigation is ongoing.

A 15-year-old student is charged with attempted murder after deputies said he shot another student following a fight at New Hanover High School on Monday.

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