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Officials unsure how gun entered Austin-East High School, ‘metal detectors a possibility’ says Chief of School Security

Metal detectors are now a possibility at Austin-East High School, according to Chief of School Security.
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 4:56 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:19 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -In a media briefing Tuesday, April 13, Knox Co. Superintendent Bob Thomas and Chief of School Security answered questions about school safety following the Austin-East shooting Monday.

“My heart goes out to the whole Austin-East community, no community should have to suffer,” said Superintendent Bob Thomas.

Knox Co. Chief of School Security said officials don’t know how the gun entered Austin-East High School Monday and are actively investigating the incident.

Chief of School Security also said metal detectors are now a possibility at Austin-East High School.

“Metal detectors are a possibility at Austin-East High School,” said Chief of School Security.

Along with answering questions about school safety, Superintendent Thomas apologized to the parents who were not notified about the incident on Monday. Superintendent Thomas said the school system should’ve done a better job telling parents it was an emergency situation.

Thomas said he looks forward to working with agencies to coming up with a plan and do his part to stop the violence.

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