Authorities identify NC high school shooting victim, suspect charged with first degree murder

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Police have identified the North Carolina high school student who authorities say was fatally shot by a fellow student just before classes began.

Matthews Police Department Capt. Stason Tyrrell said at a news conference that 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen was shot Monday and died at a local hospital. McKeithen was a 10th-grader at Butler High School in Matthews, southeast of Charlotte.

Tyrrell said a 16-year-old ninth-grader is charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles charged with crimes.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the shooting appears to have stemmed from a case of bullying “that escalated out of control.” Neither Wilcox nor Tyrrell said which student was being bullied.

Wilcox said classes at the high school have been canceled for Tuesday.

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