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Students: Kids bringing weapons to school to protect themselves

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It is unclear why the students had the weapons on school grounds, but other students say the violence is so bad that some students are protecting themselves. It is unclear why the students had the weapons on school grounds, but other students say the violence is so bad that some students are protecting themselves.

   (WMC-TV) - Officials found two guns and one knife on different Shelby County Schools campuses in the span of just five school days.

Southwind High School senior Contyria Grey says school officials cannot seem to control the problem, so the students sometimes feel helpless.

"They set rules but don't nobody listen to them. So I don't know what they should do," she said.

Last Thursday, a gun in a 5-year-old's backpack discharged in an elementary school cafeteria. On Monday, staff members caught a 13-year-old with an unloaded gun on campus. Then on Tuesday, officials found a knife in an elementary student's backpack.

It is unclear why the students had the weapons on school grounds, but other students say the violence is so bad that some students are protecting themselves.

"Kids bringing weapons to protect themselves from other people and gang members," said Melrose High School Freshman Ladarious Roberts.

Parent Gregory Hughes says when corporal punishment was taken out of schools, parents' hands were tied.

"They're not getting the protection they're suppose to be getting," he said. "Society is so messed up now. We can't whip our kids ... We go to jail and stuff like that ... Kids they don't want to mind anymore. They're out here doing what they want to do."

Many teens say they are tired, and do not believe they should have to live with weapons on school property.

A school spokesperson says Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is working on a comprehensive plan with several law enforcement entities to increase security measures in the district.

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