3rd grader's friend threatened to bring gun to school

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 9/28/2013 11:17 am Published: 9/27/2013 6:19 pm

Today FOX23 found out about a boy threatened by a gun at a Union Elementary School. A parent whose child was directly involved says something more needs to be done.

The school district says they've followed all of the proper procedures but FOX23 went to research the issue.
When we arrived at Darnaby Elementary School we found out from the school district there is "not perceived to be a threat," but the parent I met with today says anytime a gun is involved, it is a threat.

Joel Sewell is the father of an 8-year-old boy. He says his son was threatened by another third-grader at school yesterday. Sewell said, "It's scary now with all the school shootings that do happen so I don't think it should be taken as lightly as I felt it was taken."

Here's what happened: One boy said he had backstage tickets to see Chuck E Cheese, but he didn't have enough tickets for everyone in the group. This left one boy out and is where the threats began. He told the other boys, who had tickets, that he was going to get a gun and shoot them.

Sewell said, "I'm not mad at the child, I'm not mad at the principal or the school, it's the policy that I'm upset with, [the school policy] ... the police should've been notified."

The boy already apologized for the threats and the school principal called the boy's parents and found out they don't even own a gun. The school principal then called all the parents of children involved and explained the situation is handled. Sewell says that's not enough, "The incident happened about 4 o'clock on Thursday, no one was told about it until 10 o'clock Friday morning."

Sewell called the Police Department to possibly file a report. Then he called the district but was stuck leaving a voice mail. We also called and although they declined an on-camera interview, the district says they were taking the situation seriously and notified the head of security.

We do know the principal did speak with the student who made the comments about the gun but we do not know what, if any, disciplinary action has been taken. The principal will evaluate that on a case-by-case basis.

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