Parent brings hunting knife to city school

Posted at 3:06 PM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 07:10:55-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A parent brought a hunting knife to Clark Springs Elementary School in Richmond on Wednesday morning.

Richmond school spokeswoman Felicia Cosby said it appeared the parent forgot about the knife and there was no malicious intent.

The following letter was sent home to parents:

Dear Parents,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred during our School-Wide Spelling Bee today (January 9, 2013). During the assembly, a weapon was confiscated from one of our parents. The building administrators followed appropriate safety and security protocol by immediately contacting Safety and Security personnel and the Richmond Police Department. It is believed that at no time was the safety of our students and staff compromised. A meeting was held with the staff to inform them of the incident and to review our school safety and security procedures.

I wish to thank those parents who were vigilant in reporting their concerns to the school administration.

Please be assured that we will continue to follow safety protocol to ensure that Clark Springs maintains a safe and nurturing learning environment. Additional safety and security personnel will be available at the school. Communication with the Richmond Police Department is still ongoing. Please contact the school administration at 780-6234 if you have additional questions or concerns.


Mary B. Townes