“Were you all aware that last week there was a little kid that came to school with bullets in his back pack?” “No.” Parents today picking up their children at JC Martin Elementary School, were surprised to hear about a student, a 9 year-old boy, coming to class with live ammunition in his back pack. “They should have let us know.” “I don’t know, but they should have let us know. I mean that’s dangerous for kids in school.” This parent however, was already aware, after her daughter came home last week and told her about the incident. “She reported it to the teacher that this kid, the student, had some bullets. The teacher counted and there was 10 bullets,” says the parent. Seven bullets to be exact, LISD officials have confirmed. The parent who wishes to remain anonymous says she immediately called the school and tried to arrange a meeting with the school principal, but that meeting never happened. “They told me I couldn’t talk to the principal so my next step was to talk to the superintendent.” That’s when the parent says the district took quick action. LISD Director, Carlos Rios says, “We have structures in place to detect misbehavior. We can correct actions. The student was brought to the office, the parents were contacted and the student was given consequences under the student handbook.” “Although the child was disciplined, many parents are still not satisfied with the actions taken at this elementary school.” “This is a big deal,” says the parent. “They didn’t send a letter or anything. They need to tell us what happened.” “At least a notice. A meeting.”
District officials say the school's principal took appropriate measures, and say further action would only alarm parents, especially, when there was no weapon found on campus. They also advise parents to search their children’s back packs before they go to school to assure the safety of all students.