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Shots Fired at N.C. School, No One Hurt

September 25, 2003

LAWNDALE, N.C. (AP) _ Two shots were fired inside a middle school as students were arriving for class Thursday morning, but no one was injured, and a student was taken into custody, a district spokeswoman said.

Officials had not determined if the student was firing at anyone in particular, said Cleveland County Schools spokeswoman Donna Carpenter.

She said the shots were fired about 8 a.m. inside a wing of Burns Middle School. Some students who had just pulled up to the school were kept on their buses for more than hour, she said.

She had no further information.

Parents began arriving at the school after word of the shots got out, but had to wait to take their children home, Carpenter said. ``We’re not going to release anybody until we determine who was there,″ she said.

The incident followed a school shooting in Minnesota a day earlier in which authorities say a 15-year-old boy killed one student and critically wounding another before a gym teacher apparently talked him into dropping the gun.

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