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(WMC-TV) – A second gun was found on a Shelby County Schools campus less than one week after a gun discharged in a cafeteria at Westside Elementary School.

Cypress Middle School was temporarily placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon, according to Shelby County Schools.

The school's principal, Gina Nicholson, wrote in a letter to parents that a school security officer "received a tip from a student that a classmate brought a gun to school." She also said in the letter that the school wanted "to commend the student who came forward."

The principal reiterated in her letter that parents should check their children's belongings, including backpacks.

Memphis police were called after the backpack was confiscated, according to SCS. The gun was unloaded. No one was injured.

Last week, the district announced that all schools would have access to hand wands after a gun went off in a 5 year-old's backpack.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson told the school board Tuesday night that enhancing security will cost between $18,000 and $20,000.

"If it detects one weapon in school that would be used to harm a child, it's well worth it," he said.

In addition to hand wands, high-incident middle and high schools would have full-size metal detectors.

The 13-year-old was charged with possession of a weapon on school property.

Read the letter that was sent home to parents Tuesday here.

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