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3rd weapon found at Fairley High School in one week

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(WMC-TV) – Three different weapons found and three different students arrested on one Shelby County Schools campus in one week has Action News 5 wondering what is going on at Fairley High School.

On Friday, a student was arrested for bringing a stun gun to school, which was discovered during a routine morning metal detector screening. In a letter home to parents, the principal noted this was the third weapon found on campus this week and called it "troubling."

"The fact that this is the third time this week I have to write to parents about a weapon being brought to campus is very troubling," wrote Fairley High School Principal Brenda Thompson. "In each case, there was no incident and no significant disruption to our school day; however, I am still deeply concerned about this behavior."

Despite three weapons being found on campus this week, Tiffany Brown is not worried about her daughter's safety.

"I don't worry about any of the kids," she said. "Whatever happens, it happens. But I'm actually glad she goes here."

On Thursday, 18-year-old Curtis Walton was arrested and taken to 201 Poplar after deputies say they found a loaded .40 caliber handgun and a bag of marijuana in a backpack in his locker. No one was hurt in either incident. The guns were not used. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old was arrested and taken to juvenile lock up after deputies say they found and unloaded .22 caliber revolver in his backpack.

"While we are trained and prepared to handle safety-related situations in our school, we need support from our parents," principal Brenda Thompson wrote. "I urge you to be extremely vigilant and talk to your child about the seriousness of this type of behavior."

"I really don't understand why they do it," Brown said about kids bringing weapons to school. "I  know that some of the kids do need protection around here. They're afraid of the gangs or whatever, but that's something they could leave at home."

Despite a rocky week, Tiara Brown enjoys going to school.

"I get the education that I need and I'm having fun," said Tiara, a senior at Fairley High School.

"It's always a concern when you see situations like this, but the saving grace is that there was no harm done," Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chip Washington said. 

Investigators say there is no sign of any obvious reasons that would explain why there has been so many weapons brought onto the school's campus.

Even so, Shelby County Sheriff's Office plans to make sure no one gets hurt.

"Our primary focus is to ensure the safety of the faculty, staff, and students of all the schools that we patrol on a daily basis," said Washington.

Students say teachers and staff openly discourage the use of guns.

"They tell us we don't need any weapons," said Brown. "We're very safe and all we need is a pen, pencil, and book."

SCS says school staff is trained to deal with these types of situations. The district added that the students who came forward with information, as well as the teachers who did not let the incidents become a distraction, should be commended.

To read the entire letter sent home to parents by the principal, click here.

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