School Administrators Looking For More Metal Detectors After Another Gun Found In School

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(Memphis) School Board Member Sara Lewis is worried, just like other Shelby County Schools parents, about how guns keep popping up in school buildings.

Lewis said the schools can't do it alone.

"At my house we would check backpacks," said Lewis

A school officer found a pistol in the backpack of a 13-year-old student at Cypress Middle tuesday.

The gun wasn't loaded.

School leaders sent home a letter to parents, promising safety is top of mind.

Just last week, a gun went off at Westside Elementary School, when a 5-year-old packed a gun.

During Tuesday's board meeting, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he would look at ways to put more handheld metal detectors in more schools, but would do so with each principals' input.

"We can't have a one size fits all," said Hopson.

He pointed out that while these incidents are alarming, in the case last week, many students had no idea the shooting happened and it provided no disruption to their day.