SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Scary moments at a Springfield elementary school after a student brings bullets to class.
“It’s scary to know that she had bullets in her classroom and at any given moment something could have happened to her.” A parent, wanting to remain anonymous, expressed fear about what happened at Alice B. Beal Elementary in Springfield. Something of a crisis after a second grader brought in live ammunition and then, began to show it off.
“There were two students involved, one who actually brought the bullets to school, and one who was found in possession of it when the teachers located the student,” explained Azell Cavaan, Chief Communications Officer for Springfield Public Schools.
It happened Thursday afternoon, but the school, for whatever reason never informed parents that day. Those who did learn about it – heard it from their kids.
“My daughter came home from school and told me that there was a child in her class that was handing bullets out.” This mom says the lack of communication is disturbing, but safety is her utmost concern.
“As a mom now I fear for my kid. She’s 7 years old in a classroom with a kid obviously capable of getting his hands on bullets. What else can he get his hands on?”
For their part, the school immediately conducted an investigation and turned the matter over to police. And that student, who has not been identified, was punished. But for legal reasons the school district wouldn’t comment on what that disciplinary action was, though apparently it wasn’t suspension.
“I spoke to the principal,” said the Beal parent, “and asked her specifically if he was back in the class and she said ‘yes’. Not the answer this concerned parent was looking for, but according to the district – while they have a zero tolerance policy – punishment isn’t so clear.
“We have a code of conduct that is closely followed, which addresses all kinds of things from minor infractions to major infractions. And the discipline ranges from parent-principal meeting to suspension to even expulsion,” said Cavaan.
Shortly after we spoke to the district about this incident, a robo-call did go out to parents late this morning- telling them about the bullets.
However, the parent we spoke to says she never received that call.
We also learned the principal at Beal did talk to the class today about the incident.