Parents react day after student brings weapons to class

Parents react day after student brings weapons to class

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Concern among parents and students at a Harrison County school is growing after weapons were found in class.

Parents were dropping off their seventh and eighth graders Thursday morning with a sense of unease. Many are not sure what to think after a 13-year-old brought weapons to North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade on Wednesday.

Police say the student brought the weapons to school on a dare.

A pellet gun and several knives were discovered by the seventh grader's classmates. They alerted school officials, who then brought in the police.

The 13-year-old was arrested and taken to the Harrison County Youth Detention Center, but he has been released to his mother. Other parents are still left with many questions.

"I think the teachers should have better relationships with their students," said Alyssa Suber.

"It's just worrisome, but I think everything is under control," said Beth Rushing.

"I was upset yesterday, because I didn't know what was going on," said Angela Hanner.

"If he did it on a dare, he knew better. I hate that it's going to have to follow him around for the rest of his life," said Russell Dedeaux.

"It scares you. She normally rides the bus. The boy rode her bus, so your mind goes to what really could have happened," said Barbara Darcey.

There are concerns, but officials want parents and students to know safety measures are in place. In this case, the students were the best defense.

"We just want to remind everyone if they see something, say something," Sgt. Joshua Bromen, with the Gulfport Police Department said. "This works. These kids get it. It works globally, military, homeland security. If you see something, say something."

Harrison County School District Superintendent Roy Gill said his district continues to review security procedures, including a possible ban on all book bags.

"Anything's on the table right now," Gill said. "We're looking to make sure that we address every avenue to make sure the kids are safe."

The school will have a hearing next week to determine what happens next for the student. For now, he is suspended. We will keep you updated with what happens in that meeting.

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