Working Out Shelby County Schools Security Issues

Working Out Shelby County Schools Security Issues

Security at the Unified School District is still being ironed out.
MEMPHIS, TN-- Security at the Unified School District is still being ironed out. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office told me their talks with Memphis Police is ongoing and school security remains their top priority.

"I'm hopeful that they'll keep security in school because they need it," said a Ridgeway High School grad student Cordarius Hill.

Hill wonders if security measures will be the same now that Memphis City Schools merged with the county.

"There were a lot of metal detectors. It was pretty safe," said Hill.

Hill says high school students are more ruthless, especially when they are fighting back against bullies. So school security is most certainly needed.

"People get picked on and they really can't do anything about it physically so they retaliate with a weapon, knife, gun, or whatever," he said.

About 2 weeks ago Memphis Police and Shelby County Sheriff's Office held a press conference. They talked about how security will stay the same for the first 6 months. Memphis Police patrol the former city schools, while deputies are in the county.

"There are agreements constantly being worked out between the sheriff's department and Memphis Police with our own security system here at the school system too but it remains the same," said a school board member Reginald Porter.

We tried to get more information from Shelby County Sheriff's Office about what will happen after the first 6 months of school. The spokesperson wouldn't say but reassured me the schools will be safe.
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