Dayton mom talks with FOX 45, says son was threatened with a knife at Horace Mann
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - No parent wants a call from their kid's school, especially not when security is on the other line with unbelievable news.
"A young boy pulled a knife, asked my son for $50," a Dayton mother told FOX 45's Shavon Anderson. "My son told me he didn't have it. [The student] takes the knife, cuts my son on the arm, and then goes on about the day."
The family is choosing to remain anonymous for fear of backlash, but told FOX 45 they got a call about the incident earlier this month and met with administrators.
"They told my father... not to tell anybody and that they would take care of it," the mom said.
Dayton Public Schools sent this statement, which was recently released to parents:
"Earlier this month, because of an incident, a Horace Mann PreK-6 student was swiftly and appropriately disciplined according to Dayton Public Schools policy. Also according to district policy, the disciplinary action was taken and the student has returned to classes at Horace Mann this week. We assure you that proper safeguards are applied and we will continue to provide a safe learning environment."
The mother doesn't think the district did enough.
"They told me that by the size of the cut and the size of the knife, that they didn't see any threat for expulsion," she said.
Now, more parents are looking for answers as to why they weren't told about the situation when it happened. Many families found out when the boy's grandfather passed out flyers at the school last week.
"No parents knew that the incident had even happened," the mom said.
FOX 45 was told the district was planning to meet with parents Wednesday night to discuss the incident, but the meeting was rescheduled because schools were cancelled due to the weather.
The mom has since transferred her son and another sibling out of Horace Mann, into another building.
"I'm going to let them finish out the school year, and then we're going to go to another district."
The family has a lawyer and is threatening legal action against the district. The mom also told FOX 45's Shavon Anderson that the school told her it filed a police report, but she was refused a copy when she requested one.