Parent outraged she was not notified of school knife incident

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

SPOKANE -- A 10 year old elementary school student, who apparently pulled out a knife on a school bus Wednesday, was allowed back at school.  But a parent claims she was never notified of the incident.

12 year old Daniel says he knew the 10 year old boy that held a pocket knife to his face did not think he was actually going to do it.  He was relieved when the principal came on board just minutes later and took the knife.

According to the district, the principal talked with Daniel and came away from that conversation believing the pocket knife had not been used in a threatening way.  It was instead shown to the boys.  Daniel says he was shocked when the child was allowed to continue on the bus ride home and come back to school the next day.

Daniel's mother, Karla, was equally shocked when she heard the news from her son.  She said she was even more surprised the school did not notify her.  The district said Grant's principal called the mom of the boy with the knife to tell her what happened.  But not Karla.
 
"I think they should have dealt with it right then and there, parents immediately instead of kids telling parents," said Karla Tull.

The student with the knife was in in-school suspension Thursday until his mom could get to school to discuss what happened.  The district said generally a situation such as this would result in out-of-school suspension.  It could also lead to the loss of bus privileges for the rest of the year.

The case has been forwarded to juvenile court.

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