Lithonia, GA

5th Grader's Selling Knives Alarm Parents at DeKalb Elementary School

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A disturbing occurrence at Panola Way Elementary School in Lithonia has alarmed worried parents who believe their kids were buying knives from another student.

Parents claim that a fifth-grade student at the school was found with more than a dozen pocket knives while on the premises.

Principal Corey Stegall promptly addressed the situation in a letter to parents, stating, "The school administrators were informed that a student had brought a weapon onto campus. They acted quickly by confiscating and securing it with the help of a School Resource Officer."

Parents say that this letter does not fully explain the situation and creates questions about their children's safety.

Parent Treshur Collins expressed her displeasure by stating, "It was not truthful. It was completely false”.

Collins went on to say that students in grades one through five had been buying and selling knives.

The assistant principal's suggestion that her son had given the knife to the girl made the situation even more confusing after her son was suspended for allegedly holding one of these blades.

Collins expressed her annoyance and emphasized that she has not yet received any paperwork outlining the suspension.

The school district's representatives stated that an investigation is being conducted in response to these alarming allegations.

Many of thestudents were not aware they were buying knives, according to a fifth-grade kid whose mom gave permission for her to speak. She explained that until a button was touched, the knives did not actually look to be knives.

The students underlined how crucial it is to refuse gifts from others if their nature is unknown.

The principal of the school wrote a follow-up letter to parents in response to the mounting worries, acknowledging that a student had been discovered on the grounds in possession of a weapon. The district's investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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