Eight weapons found on SCS property this fall - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nearly a dozen incidents reported on SCS campuses occurred this fall that could have jeopardized students' safety. The incidents range from guns and knives found in backpacks to sexual assault reports. Use the map to locate and read about the reports by clicking on a blue point.

Eight weapons found on SCS property this fall

Officials discovered an unloaded .25 Caliber RG26 handgun and five live rounds in a 15-year-old student's backpack as he walked through a metal detector at Overton High School this week. Officials discovered an unloaded .25 Caliber RG26 handgun and five live rounds in a 15-year-old student's backpack as he walked through a metal detector at Overton High School this week.
Parents rushed to the campus to pick up their children after a gun discharged at Westside Elementary School. Parents rushed to the campus to pick up their children after a gun discharged at Westside Elementary School.
Officials arrested a student after a gun was found near a high school football field. Officials arrested a student after a gun was found near a high school football field.
As Hopson continues to work on a comprehensive plan with several law enforcement entities to increase security measures in the district, four knives and another gun have been found prior to Tuesday's incident. As Hopson continues to work on a comprehensive plan with several law enforcement entities to increase security measures in the district, four knives and another gun have been found prior to Tuesday's incident.

(WMC-TV) - At least eight weapons have been found on Shelby County School District properties so far this fall semester.

Officials discovered an unloaded .25 Caliber RG26 handgun and five live rounds in a 15-year-old student's backpack as he walked through a metal detector at Overton High School this week.

A weapon has not been brought onto a campus by a student for months; unlike the beginning of the school year when different students brought two guns and a knife on school property in less than a week's time.

"We thought it was a balloon, everybody thought it was a balloon that popped, but it wasn't a balloon at all," West Side Elementary School 5th grader Brikera Gilkey said in August after a gun discharged inside a student's backpack in the school cafeteria.

Parents rushed to the campus to pick up their children, even though no one was injured as a result of the incident.

SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced days later that the district would implement a new safety procedure involving hand-held wand metal detectors at some of its schools.

Despite the announcement, just days later, officials placed Cypress Middle School on lockdown when another gun was found in a student's backpack.

The school's principal, Gina Nicholson, wrote in a letter to parents that a school security officer "received a tip from a student that a classmate brought a gun to school." She also said in the letter that the school wanted "to commend the student who came forward."

The motivation behind why students continue to bring weapons on school grounds is unclear, but some say violence has some students taking security into their own hands.

"Kids bringing weapons to protect themselves from other people and gang members," said Melrose High School Freshman Ladarious Roberts.

As Hopson continues to work on a comprehensive plan with several law enforcement entities to increase security measures in the district, four knives and another gun have been found prior to Tuesday's incident.

The district said in a statement regarding the gun found at Overton High School that the staff is trained to handle emergency situations, but they also asked parents to talk to their children about the consequences of bringing inappropriate items to school.

Most high schools in Memphis now have security chekpoints, which is where authorities stopped the 15-year-old carrying a gun at Overton.

"That means that the system works, so the kid actually didn't enter the school with it," said parent Carla Ray. "I mean, that's a good thing. They're doing what they need to do."

Click here to see a map of more reported incidents on SCS properties this year.

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