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Wand metal detectors to be used in Shelby Co. elementary schools

 (WMC-TV) - Elementary schools in Shelby County will use hand-held wand metal detectors.  The new procedure went into effect in some schools Friday.  The school system says they have a sufficient number of wand detectors to cover most elementary schools.

During a press conference held in response to a gun that went off Thursday in a student's backpack, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the district will begin using the devices for security precaution effective immediately.

In addition to school security, Hopson addressed other concerns brought up following Thursday's incident. He said parents were notified two and half hours after the incident because the situation was under control and there was no immediate threat.

Also, Hopson said that despite what sources say, there were two calls made to police Thursday.

"It's much quicker for the security personnel to get in contact with the MPD than calling 911. So the protocol is to call the security. They mainly can have a direct line to the police department. So that's the protocol, and I think it's much quicker to get in contact with the police," he said.

Hopson says MPD refuses to respond to schools in county lines. Click here for more on that story.

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