Mass. school sorry for not telling families about person with knife
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Mass. school sorry for not telling families about person with knife

Parents are not happy after a person with a knife was spotted walking around a Stoneham, Massachusetts, elementary school. The person was arrested, but parents say it took too long for the school to let them know about it. The incident happened last Thursday when Stoneham police got a call for an individual walking around South Elementary School, which was in session.Officers made contact with the person, who they say was having a mental health crisis and was carrying a knife. The person ran when officers tried confronting them, but was caught.The district says the person never tried to enter the building, and there was never a danger to the school community.Parents found out about the incident when the superintendent sent a letter home days later.”He was pulling on the handle of the door. How would you like that if that was your child?” one parent said. “No lockdown was issued, no staff members were notified, nothing was communicated to anybody expect the principal knew about it,” another parent said. Superintendent David Ljungberg released a statement days after the incident, saying in part:”The safety of our students is of utmost importance, and I would like to emphasize that our standard safety operating protocols and training procedures enabled a speedy response to this incident.”The person is facing two criminal charges.No information about the person was released.

Parents are not happy after a person with a knife was spotted walking around a Stoneham, Massachusetts, elementary school. The person was arrested, but parents say it took too long for the school to let them know about it.

The incident happened last Thursday when Stoneham police got a call for an individual walking around South Elementary School, which was in session.

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Officers made contact with the person, who they say was having a mental health crisis and was carrying a knife. The person ran when officers tried confronting them, but was caught.

The district says the person never tried to enter the building, and there was never a danger to the school community.

Parents found out about the incident when the superintendent sent a letter home days later.

“He was pulling on the handle of the door. How would you like that if that was your child?” one parent said.

“No lockdown was issued, no staff members were notified, nothing was communicated to anybody expect the principal knew about it,” another parent said.

Superintendent David Ljungberg released a statement days after the incident, saying in part:

“The safety of our students is of utmost importance, and I would like to emphasize that our standard safety operating protocols and training procedures enabled a speedy response to this incident.”

The person is facing two criminal charges.

No information about the person was released.

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