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Parents Concerned Over Email On Weapons Policy in Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - An email sent home to parents at Thomas Dale High School after a student brings a knife to school has many outraged.

The incident happened March 27, and in an email sent to parents by the principal, a statement made is causing backlash.

Sue Melton lives right beside Thomas Dale High School, and is even an alumnus of the school.  She says she believes the decision to send out an email with factually incorrect information was not the right decisions.

"I think everyone should get their facts straight no matter what the situation is before they jump to conclusions," she says. "Think before you do."

The email reads "Parents also are reminded again that weapons are not allowed in vehicles while on school property."

ABC 8News reached out to Chesterfield Police to see if the statement was legally true.  They sent Virginia Code which reads "possession of firearm, stun weapon or other weapon on school property is prohibited."

But it also lists the exemptions to this law and one of the exemptions is a person who possesses an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container, or a knife having a metal blade, in or upon a motor vehicle, or an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle.

"I don't ever like it when someone is misstating the law," says Philip Van Cleave with the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "The state law covers quite clearly that you can have a gun in the vehicle under certain conditions."

Some say the reaction to the email is overblown.

"The reaction was overblown because why would we expect a principal who is asking for help from the community and the parents to state every provisions of Virginia State Law," says Rebecca Caffrey of Brendon's Law Foundation.

Chesterfield County Public Schools sent a statement that reads in part: "Providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment remains one of the top priorities of all of our schools. With very limited exceptions, weapons are not allowed on school property."

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