Superintendent Promises Answers In Number Of Weapons Found

Superintendent Promises Answers In Number Of Weapons Found

The man in charge of Shelby County Schools promises answers.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The man in charge of Shelby County Schools promises answers.

Local 24 has been asking for the school system to let you know how many weapons they've found in school this year versus last year.

It's been one month, and so far, they're not saying anything.

Now, superintendent Dorsey Hopson promises to let everybody know how things are shaping up.

“This is what makes it all worth it. I was able to go to another school early this morning, one near where i live. To just see these kids performing...developing a love for reading. It's the reason we get up and do this job every day,” Hopson said.

It is the reason you send your children off every morning. The reason why the schools are built. Why the teachers are hired. Why the textbooks are written.

What has happened in Memphis this year however is a different.

Instead of learning, people talk about weapons at schools. Instead of teachers, the talk is about security. Instead of textbooks, it's metal detectors.

“We're in constant meetings with the police director, and the sheriff. I think things are getting better,” Hopson said.

Still it seems about once a week there are stories about weapons found in schools. Just last week a knife was found in White Station Middle School.

School board member Chris Caldwell wants to see a comparison. The number of weapons found this year versus last year.

We've tried to get that information for you for almost one month and have received nothing.

“I guess they're verifying it to make sure the information is accurate. But I think you are aware of every instance where a weapon has been found in schools. I think you've reported on it. There haven't been any other instances that you haven't reported on. But we will get that information to you so you can verify it,” Hopson said.
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