Hanover, VA—An Ashland middle
school student is facing charges, after she allegedly brought a knife to
school. Some parents are upset about the way they say the school handled the situation.
According to multiple sources, a sixth-grade Liberty Middle School student came to school with a steak knife concealed in her back pack last week. Concerned parents called the incident "scary."
"We are a country school, it is scary that this happens even at our school," says Sherry Beck, who has two children that attend Liberty Middle.
Beck is upset about the incident in general, but says she is particularly angry that she had to learn of it through a friend. She says school administrators never notified her of the incident.
"I kept waiting. I waited a week almost to get a letter from the school advising us that this happened. Never got anything," she says.
When 8News contacted Hanover School System concerning the incident, they told us that parents of student in the class where the incident took place were notified. But parents like Beck feel that that was not enough.
Beck says, "I really feel that every parent has a right to know when something like this happens."
A Hanover County Schools spokesperson told 8News that no students were ever in any danger, and the girl who brought the knife was disciplines.
The child has been charged with a misdemeanor weapons violation.
Beck hopes that no incident like this ever takes place at the school again. And if it does, she wants to be notified immediately.
"Between a parent and the school there has to be a sense of trust."
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