• Nearly 30 guns found in Shelby County Schools last year, documents show

    By: Kirstin Garriss


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Officers seized nearly 30 guns last school year and so far this year.

    Most of the guns were found because of tips. However, many of them were loaded and hidden in students’ backpacks.

    FOX13 obtained reports from SCS about gun recovery incidents. 

    “It’s not a taboo subject anymore, it used to be a taboo subject. We got to talk to them about guns like we do sex education, drivers’ education. However, guns can be fatal and that’s a conversation that should be had in every household that has a gun,” said Bennie Cobb, retired captain for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. 

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    Last school year, all 18 guns were found at high schools. Most of them were recovered outside of the classroom or in the parking lot.

    But this year, eight guns were recovered at every level, including elementary schools.

    Most of these guns were also found inside the classroom. One was even seized from a student’s locker.

    During one incident, a student brought their grandparent’s loaded gun to Alton Elementary School and officers found it after the grandparent showed up to school because it was missing.

    According to the report, the student admitted to taking the gun from home and bringing it to school.

    Cobb said if you own a gun, you need a gun lock for it. He said often you can call the police department and they will give you one. 

    A spokesperson with SCSO said parents should check their student’s backpack to make sure they aren’t taking anything like a weapon with them to school.

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