MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee school superintendent says metal detecting wands are being provided to elementary schools in Shelby County after a gun discharged inside a kindergartner's backpack in a school cafeteria.
Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says hand-held wands were distributed to some schools Friday, and all elementary schools are expected to have them next week.
The change in policy comes after a gun went off in a 5-year-old's backpack as students were waiting for the opening bell in the Westside Elementary School cafeteria Thursday. No one was hurt, and security officers quickly took control of the backpack.
Metal detectors are used in high schools.
Also Friday, Memphis police said no charges will be filed against the kindergartener or his mother.
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- Aug. 22, 2013: Gun discharges inside of 5-year-old's backpack