UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: ADDS 2 more safety forums

After systematic backpack searches at Clayton County Public Schools over the past month turned up numerous guns and other weapons, Superintendent Dr. Morcease Beasley says he will hold a safety forum at North Clayton Middle School, 5517 West Fayetteville Road, College Park on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m.

Similar forums will take place Tuesday, May 10 at Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd. in Jonesboro, and Tuesday, May 17 at Michelle Obama STEM Elementary Academy, 11485 Panhandle Road, Hampton. Those forums also will start at 6 p.m.

Beasley told The Clayton Crescent, “We want to hear solutions to help us address this societal problem impacting our schools.” Specifically, Beasley says he wants to “hear ideas for long-term solutions.”

The North Clayton Middle School event was organized by Organized by Principal Shakira Rice, will be moderated by MIXX 106’s Donald “Dee Cee” Craddock, and promises a discussion on community safety with “local, state, and federal leaders.”

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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