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School Resource Officers found another gun on campus of a Shelby County School Thursday after a brawl at Wooddale High School in Memphis.

SROs arrested a 16-year-old student who was carrying a loaded .22 caliber revolver in his backpack.

The loaded gun was not used and school district officials said no one was injured.

The discovery of the loaded gun is the third handgun that FOX13 News knows of to be found on a SCS campus since the start of class Aug. 5.

Parents told FOX13 News Wooddale High has had its share of problems and some are concerned about their child's safety.

"I try to be here on time to get my grand baby and bring them back out of here and go on," said Ella Taylor, Wooddale High grandparent.

The Shelby County Sheriff's spokesman Chip Washington said School Resource Officers were able to move quickly to prevent this fight from escalating.

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There was a big police presence outside Wooddale High as class let out for the weekend. Memphis Police officers were seen patrolling the neighborhood while sheriff's deputies watched over the campus.

Parents lined up to get their teens home.

"Man it's just a crying shame, it's just pitiful how you know kids can't go to school and get education and come home," said Eli Williams, Wooddale High parent.

Wooddale High Principal Michael Kyle sent a letter home to parents explaining what happened on campus. The sheriff's office says they responded to a fight between two students. When they broke up the fight and got the students to the principal's office they were told about the gun.

"We have a Resource Officer as well as Memphis Police Department, both individuals working together working quickly, quickly diffused this situation," Washington said. "As we know could have turned out a lot worse. But working together, along with the administrators, were able to solve it rather quickly."

Wooddale High is one of the schools being staffed by both the sheriff's office and the MPD. Washington said the teen with the loaded gun was charged for having the gun on campus and simple assault  because of the fight. The other student involved in the fight was also charged with simple assault.

Thursday's incident is the sixth time this year a weapon was found at a Shelby County School and the third incident that involved a gun on a school campus.

On Friday, Germantown Police said a male juvenile was arrested after bringing a knife to school at Riverdale School.

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