Police investigate gun incident at school - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police investigate gun incident at school

Memphis Police said a 16-year old boy brought a gun to East High School Wednesday morning.

The student ran from the school and Memphis Police caught up with him a few blocks away at the corner of Fenwick and Lombardy.

The teenager is now in police custody.

Deputy Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said Memphis City Schools has zero tolerance for weapons, and will step up efforts to ensure that students who bring weapons of any kind to school are identified and appropriate actions taken.

Some of the safety measures already in place:

  • random metal detector checks,
  • surveillance cameras on campus,
  • card access systems to enter school buildings,
  • resource officers in our schools, and
  • community resources such as the Weapons Watch Hotline, 528-CASH.

This is the second time in a week a student has brought a gun inside a Memphis City School. Fairley High School student Ciera Allen shot herself in the arm inside a classroom last Thursday. Police say Allen accidentally shot herself in the arm while trying to activate the gun's safety. She's charged with possessing a weapon on school grounds.

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