RICHMOND, VA—The father of a Clark Springs Elementary School student was arrested Wednesday, after bringing a hunting knife inside the school during a spelling bee.
Parents told 8News that they noticed the man walk into Clark Springs Elementary School with the weapon strapped to his waist. They say the man, whose child apparently attends the school, was allowed to stay inside the school for the duration of a spelling bee being held there.
8News has learned that the man was arrested and charged with bringing a weapon onto school grounds, a misdemeanor.
School officials confirm the incident, but provided no other details until after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Clark Springs Elementary School Principal sent the following letter to parents:
"The purpose of this letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred during our School-Wide Spelling Bee today. 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."
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