LEAGUE CITY, TX (FOX 26) - Among the students at Clear Creek ISD's Hall Elementary was a classmate packing a knife.
After a faculty member spotted the illegal weapon in a backpack the 5th grader to whom it belonged admitted he planned to use the kitchen blade on kids he did not like Andy Strickler's son was identified as a target.
"When we go the call from the school we were blindsided. We didn't know how to react to that," said Strickler.
Strickler and his wife Amber are deeply disturbed Clear Creek ISD waited eight days before disclosing the knife seizure and threat.
"We should have been notified immediately," said Andy.
"Parents shouldn't have to tolerate that, shouldn't have to live in fear that this could happen and it can be kept from them," said Amber Strickler.
The Strickler's concerns don't end there. They've been told that following a period of suspension the offending 5th grader will be allowed to return to the Hall campus.
Far too risky insist the Strickler's who are certain other parents of kids attending Hall would agree.
"You can't overreact when it's the safety of your son or daughter involved. There is no way to overreact," said Andy.
Clear Creek ISD sent an e-mail to parents informing them of the incident four hours after Fox 26 began its inquiry.
The District issued the following statement:
"On October 19, 2015, a kitchen knife was found inside a student’s backpack at Hall Elementary by a staff member. An immediate investigation started and continues today. The student was removed from school. Discipline action has been taken in accordance with the CCISD Code of Conduct and the Texas Penal Code which articulates students age six through fifth grade can be sent to an alternative placement facility for a specified period of time.
On matters of student safety, our practice is to notify parents immediately. We regret this communication did not occur in a timely manner."