Monday, August 26 2013 8:47 AM EDT2013-08-26 12:47:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Some elementary schools in the Shelby County will use handheld wand metal detectors starting Friday. During a press conference held in response to a gun that went off Thursday in a student's
Thursday, August 22 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-08-22 23:27:23 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Parents want to know why they were not notified from school officials Thursday morning when a gun reportedly went off in a school cafeteria. According to Shelby County Schools, the gun discharged
Parents want to know why they were not notified from school officials Thursday morning when a gun reportedly went off in an elementary school cafeteria.More >>
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(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Schools is pointing fingers at Memphis Police Department about response times at all schools since the merger. This follows an incident where SCS says it took 40 minutes for police to respond after a gun went off inside a Shelby County elementary school Thursday.
"The new protocol as of [Thursday] is to call both law enforcement agencies [Memphis police and Shelby County Sheriff]," said SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson. "I have a concern for the safety of our kids, not necessarily in school but outside of schools. Because of this practices of the position that the MPD has taken ... The phone call was made to the Memphis Police Department in a matter of minutes. There was a report that a gun was in the school. They didn't respond."
Police Director Toney Armstrong and Hopson had their first conversation Friday. It took a gun going off at Westside Elementary School for the two to finally talk.
Armstrong called Friday's news conference after calling Hopson. Armstrong's conference was in response to the conference the superintendent held earlier in the day, which was rather critical of the MPD's response.
In Shelby County Schools' news conference Hopson said:
"I just think that common sense would dictate if you hear about a gun in school, you go out."
Armstrong responded with the below during MPD's news conference:
"I would like to think common sense would tell you that you need to dial 911 and not call security."
Armstrong reiterated that a school district employee initially reported that a BB or cap gun had been found on campus, not that a shot had been fired.
"The Memphis Police Department would have responded had we been given the proper information," said Armstrong.
Hopson says MPD refuses to respond to schools in the county lines. Since the merger, Memphis Police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office have shared duties when it comes to responding to campus crimes.
"I think it's important for the public to know that the Memphis Police Department has taken a position that sets the schools, who are now county buildings, that they are not going to respond to them," said Hopson.
A temporary protocol was recently put into place.
Armstrong believes Hopson should have picked up the phone before picking on his department.
"To hold a press conference and stand in front of a microphone and a camera and say MPD is not responding to calls properly is irresponsible in my opinion," said Armstrong.
Moving forward, Armstrong hopes all sides will concentrate on what is best for keeping school children safe.
Armstrong says he and Hopson agreed to meet in person in the coming days.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.