New Developments In Shelby County School Security

New Developments In Shelby County School Security

There are new developments in Memphis concerning Shelby County school security.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - There are new developments in Memphis concerning Shelby County school security.

In just the first month of classes in the newly merged system, 16 weapons were found.

Five of those weapons were handguns.

The Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Memphis says the current plan with Memphis police and the Shelby County sheriffs deputies is, in his words, not sustainable for the whole school year.

“We think...we think...I mean schools are in our communities in our city. We also recognize the sheriff's office is not funded at a level to provide for all hundred plus schools. In fact, their assumption was we'd continue to respond to those calls,” Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little said.

When agencies think the other agency is supposed to do the job, nobody does the job.

Which is why the superintendent of Shelby County schools, the city police director, the Shelby County sheriff, and George Little have been meeting.

“I think the director’s position has been simply that if we're going to do some of the schools, then we get into confusion about these schools, where there are shared responsibilities and frankly those are some of the most volatile schools with gang issues. I mean they don't end at the school yard,” Little said.

George Little is saying things that, right now at least, Shelby County School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson refuses to talk about.

Cops had planned to be out of the school security business by the end of this year, but that could change.

“I think it's a possibility. But there's got to be a set protocol that we can all live with. I think the current ad-hoc set up would not be sustainable for the school year. We've expressed a willingness to stay in longer, if that's what it takes to secure the schools,” Little said.

In the meantime, all sides are still meeting trying to figure out a plan.
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