MCS Interim Superintendent speaks candidly about school security - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

MCS Interim Superintendent speaks candidly about school security

Dan Ward Dan Ward

After two school shootings in just eight days earlier this month, Memphis City Schools Interim Superintendent Dan Ward spoke candidly Tuesday with Action News 5 about his new security plan.

When asked if he thought it was feasible to actually carry out his plan and make a difference, Ward said he "not only thought it was feasible, he thought it was essential."

Ward had strong words for students who might try to get around security.

"If they're focusing on getting around security, then I know they're focusing on bringing problems," he said. "If they're focusing on bringing problems, then we're going to focus on them."

Ward said he was asking students to help get a grip on gangs.

"They have to make the decision, and we're here to help them make the right one, if they just give us a chance," he said.

Ward said he came out of retirement to take the interim position of superintendent last August when no one else would. Ward added his position was temporary.

"I want to be very candid with you. I plan to be here until they get a replacement for me," he said.

When asked if he thought all the recent school violence will run off good superintendent candidates, Ward said it was a valid consideration.

"I have to acknowledge it's a concern," he said.

But, Ward added, he believes someone out there is up for the challenge and Memphis comes together in crisis.

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