11 guns, 8 knives found this school year on SCS campuses - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

11 guns, 8 knives found this school year on SCS campuses

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During metal detection on November 12, 2013 at Overton High School, a 15-year-old carried an unloaded .25 caliber RG26 handgun and five live rounds in his backpack. During metal detection on November 12, 2013 at Overton High School, a 15-year-old carried an unloaded .25 caliber RG26 handgun and five live rounds in his backpack.
Shortly after those incidents, particularity when a gun discharged in a 5-year-old's backpack, school and law officials made metal detecting wands available to every school in Shelby County. Shortly after those incidents, particularity when a gun discharged in a 5-year-old's backpack, school and law officials made metal detecting wands available to every school in Shelby County.
Cainen Gray, 19, surrendered his unloaded .22 caliber revolver after administrators and officers pulled him out of class in January. Cainen Gray, 19, surrendered his unloaded .22 caliber revolver after administrators and officers pulled him out of class in January.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC) - Twenty-two reported incidents involving weapons found across Shelby County Schools campuses could have jeopardized students' safety this school year.

And as classes end for summer, the district says something to remember is that no students were harmed by such incidents.

"We take the safety of our students and our campuses extremely seriously," the district released in a statement regarding WMC Action News 5's map tracking incidents at SCS. "Our school level leaders and staff are trained and prepared to handle all types of incidents."

Eleven guns, eight knives, a blade, a stun gun, an air gun, and box cutters were all found on campuses during the 2013-2014 year, according to our map. SCS did not say whether the numbers increased or decreased from last year. If on mobile follow this link to see the map: http://bit.ly/1lZcjG0.

In addition to a district security team and local law enforcement, SCS says their safety and security measures are working; arrest and suspensions serve as evidence that officials control and deal with these incidents.

Some parents agree. During metal detection on November 12, 2013 at Overton High School, a 15-year-old carried an unloaded .25 caliber RG26 handgun and five live rounds in his backpack.

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

Officials credits the staff for taking immediate action. Authorities arrested the student and charged him with possession of a weapon on school property.

In many of these cases—including an elementary student bringing a knife to school—it remains unclear why some students felt the need to have these items at school.

After two guns and a knife surfaced in a span of just five school days, some students told WMC Action News 5 that these actions were prompted by violence in the community.

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

Shortly after those incidents, particularity when a gun discharged in a 5-year-old's backpack, school and law officials made metal detecting wands available to every school in Shelby County.

The district says there is a shared responsibility as educators, parents, and law enforcement to keep students and schools safe.

Have you talked to your children about guns? Would your child know what to do if he or she found one? Find out about WMC Action News 5's hidden camera experiment with kids and guns and how to talk to your family about it here: http://bit.ly/1lZbuNl.

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