Child Shoots Gun At Memphis Elementary School

Child Shoots Gun At Memphis Elementary School

Memphis police are investigating an incident at a Memphis elementary school after a student brought a gun to school and fired it in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) – Memphis police are investigating an incident at a Memphis elementary school after a student brought a gun to school and it fired in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary.

At approximately 8:20 am, officers responded to a shooting at Westside Elementary. A child at the school was found to have a gun in his possession at the school. The gun discharged in the cafeteria, but no one was struck.

The child is being detained at this time. This investigation is ongoing.

Shelby County Schools released the following statement: 

"This morning at Westside Elementary School, a Kindergarten student brought a firearm to school in his backpack. While waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria, the firearm discharged accidentally inside the child's backpack. Nobody was injured, and staff immediately took possession of the backpack. SCS Security and the Memphis Police Department responded quickly, and the matter is now under investigation. There is no evidence at this time of harmful intent; however, weapons of any kind are prohibited on campuses, and this student will be disciplined in accordance with the state's zero tolerance policy. The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Staff is trained to handle emergency situations, and all students were kept safe and calm while this matter was handled."
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