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MPD releases emergency calls from gun discharge in school

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The second call came in at 8:18 a.m. on August 22 and reported that a gun had gone off in the cafeteria. The second call came in at 8:18 a.m. on August 22 and reported that a gun had gone off in the cafeteria.
This incident triggered a verbal volley between the school superintendent and police director. This incident triggered a verbal volley between the school superintendent and police director.

(WMC-TV) - Two separate 911 calls from school security to the police appear to report two different things after a gun went off inside a 5-year-old's backpack on the Westside Elementary School campus shortly after the start of the school year.

This incident triggered a verbal volley between the school superintendent and police director.

Dust has settled in the three months since, but the two calls—just about four minutes long—show where some of the confusion may have started.

Click here to listen to the calls.

Per a Freedom of Information request Action News 5 made with the city the day after the gun went off, the Memphis Police Department released the audio of two calls Shelby County School District security made to 911.

The first call came in at 7:52 a.m. on August 22 and reported a 5-year-old who had brought a gun to school was detained in the principal's office.

During that call the dispatcher was told, "Principal Adams got a five-year-old male black detained in the office, said that he a brought a handgun to school this morning. Unable to know whether it's a BB, pellet, or a BB or a cap gun, she says."

The second call came in at 8:18 a.m. on August 22 and reported that a gun had gone off in the cafeteria. The conversation between the dispatcher and the caller is shown below.

Caller: A kindergarten kid had a loaded pistol and it discharged in the cafeteria.

Dispatch: It did?

Caller: Yes, it did.

Dispatch: Oh my god. Hold on. Hold on. Anyone hurt?

Caller:No ma'am.

Dispatch: Was it a BB ... Was it the 5-year-old that's in the office? Or is this a different one?

Caller: My understanding, it's possibly a different one.

Dispatch: OK.

SCS says school staff got the situation under control as soon as the gun went off. With no immediate threat, administrators contacted school security, which in turn called dispatchers.

SCS says the second call contained more information because security had gathered more details by that point.

MPD says hearing directly from a firsthand source helps dispatchers gather as much relevant information as possible.

The district says its security office has a direct line to dispatch that skips the 911 call queue.

Click here to see an interactive map of SCS reports including gun-related incidents, lockdowns, and more that happened campuses so far this school year.

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