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Authorities Say 3rd Grader Pulled Knife on Classmate at Waterloo School

WATERLOO, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) --  It's not a situation you would expect in an elementary school – a 3rd grader threatening another student with a knife. Authorities say a 3-inch blade was confiscated Thursday morning at Lincoln Elementary School in Waterloo, after a 3rd grade boy allegedly threatened a classmate with the knife.

While picking up their children Friday afternoon, some parents said they were shocked by the news. “Everything’s starting to get pretty serious now. Society is just really starting to change,” said Crystal Gummert, a parent of a 4th grader at the school.

Authorities say a classmate witnessed the incident, reported it to an administrator, and the knife was then confiscated. Administrators say parents were notified about the incident in a letter.

Gummert says she is happy with how the school handled the incident, and thinks some responsibility falls on the parents of the child.  “What I teach my child, and how he acts, reflects on me, and it's my responsibility to show him what to do in life, and how to be,” said Gummert.

Russ Tidwell, whose 3rd grade daughter attends Lincoln, praises the school for being a safe place. “I think you have to look outside the child, and inside the home to see what's going on. There's no way in the world my daughter could walk out of the house with a weapon, and I wouldn't know something about it,” said Tidwell.

The school has security cameras, and buzz-in entry system. What troubles parents like Tidwell - that didn’t stop the knife from getting in.  “They’re going to have to change the policy somewhere along the line,” said Tidwell. 

Administrators say the school district will take disciplinary action, and law enforcement is also considering pursuing a juvenile case.

(AP contributed to this report)
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