Knife incident upsets parent
RIFLE – A Rifle Middle School student used a knife to threaten another student Friday, said Theresa Hamilton, director of districtwide services at Garfield Re-2 School District. No one was injured, and the knife was immediately confiscated, Hamilton said.She said the school’s administrative staff was at an off-site meeting when it was informed of the incident and responded right away. Parents were contacted within two hours of the incident, Hamilton said.”Too long,” said the mother of the threatened student, who said she did not get a call until nearly 3 p.m. and said she thinks three hours lapsed between the time of the incident and her notification.”We feel we should have been contacted right away,” the mother said. The Post Independent is withholding the mother’s name to protect the identity of the student.Hamilton said the delay in notification was the result of a thorough investigation. “Numerous students and teachers were interviewed,” she said. The school absolutely followed district policies, she said.The mother of the threatened student was upset her son was sent back to class that same day without any counseling.”They should have checked on him. I know that’s a traumatic thing – having a knife pulled on you – especially if you’re a 10-year-old.”Hamilton could not say at press time weather the student received counseling. She emphasized that the safety of the students is the district’s No. 1 priority.”I know that we try to afford every opportunity for help to our students,” Hamilton said, “especially in a time of crisis.”The mother of the threatened student was also surprised to find that when she called the Rifle Police Department, it had not been notified of the incident.Hamilton said it’s up to the school principal to determine if the incident is serious enough to involve the authorities.She said there has been no official action yet. But the student who threatened the other student with a knife is not in school, pending administrative review. Contact Amanda Holt Miller,625-3245, ext. email@example.com
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