Parents upset after no notification of knife incident at school

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Parents of kids at a Los Lunas school are upset that they weren’t notified about an incident involving a student who threatened other kids with a knife.

It happened at Ann Parish Elementary School last Tuesday, the 22nd. An 11-year-old boy was found with a 2 inch-long knife, threatening two of his peers.

Parents that KRQE News 13 talked to Tuesday morning had no idea what happened and say they think they should have been notified.

One parent called what happened a “definite threat.”

The parents didn’t receive an email, call or even a note home.

“Anything would have been nice,” parent Britney Tucker said.

On the phone Monday, Los Lunas Schools Superintendent Dana Sanders said no students and staff were injured or threatened by the student with the knife.

But KRQE News 13 spoke with the mom of the boy with the knife, who showed us the referral slip written by school staff about the incident. It says two students were threatened and that the incident was categorized as an “assault.”

When we asked Sanders about the referral slip and the threats on Tuesday, she said she misunderstood the question asked the previous day and that she knew about the threats all along.

She says parents weren’t notified about the incident because it would likely incite unnecessary fear and that it would be impossible to communicate the full circumstances to everyone. She also said that incidents like these are common in schools across the country.

“It may but, not knowing about it as a parent, you know, now I’m concerned,” Stephen Trujillo said in response to the superintendent’s statement about the high volume of these incidents.

The only parents who were notified were the parents of the child with the knife and two who were threatened.

Sanders added that in rural New Mexico, it’s “not uncommon” for kids to carry knives.

“Kids don’t just carry knives,” Trujillo said.

Another parent, Betsey Wegrzynek said, “My daughter doesn’t carry a knife, we live out by the lakes and we don’t carry knives, we don’t carry weapons with us.”

The handful of parents we talked to said they should have been informed of what happened.

“I would have like to have known,” Wegrzynek said. “I don’t know whether any of us could have done anything about it, but at least to be aware and know what happened to the child was the child expelled, did anybody do anything?”

The child, who is a special needs students, according to his mom, said he was suspended for three days and faces more punishment. The minimum punishment for the child is 11 to 180 days of suspension, according to the Los Lunas Schools Behavior Handbook.

Sanders said a second student, who reportedly gave the 11-year-old the knife, is also in trouble now and faces disciplinary actions.

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