Shelby County Schools Announce New Security Measures At Elementary Schools

Shelby County Schools Announce New Security Measures At Elementary Schools

Hand wands and metal detectors will be at all Shelby County Schools
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Hand wands and metal detectors will be at all Shelby County Schools

The announcement comes one day after the shot fired at Westside Elementary School

The gun was in a 5-year-old's backpack when it accidentally went off.

"I have directed security to make sure all elementary schools have hand wands," school superintendent Dorsey Hopson said.

This new policy is effective immediately after many parents picked up their kids early from Westside Elementary School in Frayser. A 5-year-old boy had an old revolver in his book bag. It accidentally went off in the cafeteria. Luckily no one was hurt.

"I hold both responsible because the child should've been checked before he left home. The school needs to check thoroughly because now you never know what's going on with these kids. So like I said for the looks of it she will not be returning," mother Arielle Showers said.

"Something really needs to be done. This is not the first time this situation has happened. Not only in our city but in our nation as a whole. We need to do something like add metal detectors or something," parent Preston Warmsley said.

The next day, the man in charge of the unified district, interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson reassured the public and parents that students are safe in school.

"It's much quicker for the security personnel to get in contact with MPD than calling 911," Hopson said.

In the middle of the press conference, a surprise.

"I'm going to interrupt we have some breaking news," district chief of PR Emily Yellin said.

Memphis police sent the district a statement.

“They have just issued something that says they will cover every school within the city of Memphis expect 15 schools where the Sheriff's department already has a presence," Yellin said.  
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