Oak Ridge mom says BB gun incident not handled appropriately

Oak Ridge mom says school BB gun incident not handled appropriately

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The incident happened last week at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge. The incident happened last week at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge.
"In the future, I would like to know if there is an incident like that happens at school," said Candi Atkinson. "We trust the schools with the safety of our children." "In the future, I would like to know if there is an incident like that happens at school," said Candi Atkinson. "We trust the schools with the safety of our children."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - An Oak Ridge mom is upset after she say her child's middle school did not keep them in the loop when a BB gun was found on a student.

The incident happened last week at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge.     

Officials say the BB gun closely resembled a pistol, but they quickly determined there was no threat.

Candi Atkinson says she received a recorded message from Robertsville Middle School principal Bruce Lay a day after the BB gun was found on Wednesday.     

She says that was way too late.

"In the future, I would like to know if there is an incident like that happens at school," said Atkinson. "We trust the schools with the safety of our children."    

Atkinson says her daughter's version of what happened left her concerned.

"She said, 'Oh yeah, he brought a fully loaded gun to school and he was arrested'," she said.

6 News took Atkinson's concern directly to Principal Bruce Lay. Lay would not go on camera, but released the full statement he recorded for parents on Thursday:

"By not receiving a Skyward Message you can be confident that, students nor staff were ever in any type of danger. The BB gun was simply confiscated, appropriate action was taken and instruction went on as usual."    

Lay says currently there are no plans to change protocol.     

Atkinson hopes voicing her concern will let school leaders know that parents want to know everything that happens at school.

"They call us about school picture day, and school fundraisers and things like that," said Atkinson. "Why not a quick little message saying we had a little incident if you hear about it?"

The 13-year-old student who brought the BB gun to school was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon on school property and aggravated assault.     

Lay says the BB gun that was brought to school was broken.

He said this was the first time they have ever had an incident like this at Robertsville Middle School.

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