Parents at Lincoln Elementary School in Waterloo have been notified that a third-grader brought a knife to school and threatened another student Thursday.
Superintendent Gary Norris confirms that a third student witnessed the threat and reported the incident to staff.
Norris says the staff took immediate action and called the school's resource officer.
Both families have been notified, and the school assured the public that disciplinary action will be taken.
The school counselor has also been working with the third-graders.
"I want to assure you that the situation has been addressed and that all students are safe so we can move our focus back to education," Lincoln Elementary Principal Stephanie Mohorne told parents in a letter Thursday. "Weapons of any kind are not allowed on school property and will not be tolerated.
"Please talk to your child tonight about the seriousness of weapons and the importance of reporting any situation that is suspicious," she added. "Your child's safety is our priority."
Norris says that during these situations, the school will usually look at a series of issues to determine what disciplinary action is appropriate. That includes evaluating the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), discipline history, age and general understanding of the seriousness of bringing a weapon to school.
Depending on the situation, the child involved could face suspension or even expulsion.
Norris says police charges are up to the police department.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:07 GMT
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