MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A student at Fairley High School was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of bringing a gun to school.
According to police, a teacher noticed Amari Eure, 18, had a gun in his waistband while in the classroom Tuesday. That teacher notified administrators and the school resource officer, who took the student into custody without incident.
Authorities said the gun was a 40 caliber gun with 14 rounds in the magazine. They did not say why he brought the gun to school. Eure was not threatening anyone with the gun and classes continued.
“We’ve had incidents before in previous years but this year has been very unusual, very quiet. So, we were all really surprised,” said Jocquell Rodgers, director of communications for Greendot Public Schools.
Parents said they were not notified about the incident. Rodgers said they planned on letting parents know via electronic calls on Wednesday.
Rodgers said school employees are proactively working to be more involved with students to help stop violence.
“We’re always trying to be vigilant with our students to make sure they’re safe, and if they’re feeling like there are issues in the neighborhood or something going on, they can go to an adult in the building,” Rodgers added.
The school plans on taking preventive measures to make sure an incident like this one doesn’t happen again. One of those measures includes no longer allowing students to carry their backpack with them from class to class.
According to Green Dot’s code of conduct, any student found with a gun on school property may be subject to immediate suspension for no less than one school year.
Eure was charged with carrying a weapon on school property and unlawful possession of a weapon.