BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Gaston County Schools parent is upset that she had to find out from her stepdaughter — not the school — that a student brought a weapon to campus.
The parent says no one from Bessemer City Central Elementary notified parents about the situation.
It took Gaston County Schools more than five hours to answer Queen City News’ questions Friday. A spokesperson eventually told QCN no one was threatened or in a dangerous situation.
It wasn’t until we got involved that the stepmom learned the full story.
A stepmom of a student at Bessemer City Central Elementary says her stepdaughter came home from school Thursday, saying another student was showing off what turned out to be a BB gun in a bookbag.
“It was like he as bragging about it, bragging about it because he said it was for his ‘ops,’ enemies,” said Autumn Kennedy, a stepmother of a student.
Kennedy says another student ended up telling school staff about the weapon.
“They just went on like it was a normal day; that’s not a normal day,” said Kennedy. “It shouldn’t be a normal day in elementary school.”
Kennedy did not even know that the weapon was not a handgun because her stepdaughter and the other kids do not know the difference.
“You’re angry as a parent because you send a child to school to be safe,” said Kennedy.
But the thing that makes her really upset is that she says the school never said anything about the incident to parents.
“Not an email, not a letter, not a notification, not a text,” said Kennedy. “Nothing has been said. It’s crazy.”
The only way she knew anything at all was from her stepdaughter.
“It was very alarming, it’s scary, it’s a scary situation,” said Kennedy.
The school district says the BB gun was not loaded and the student did not have pellets for the weapon at school.
The district says the school is following student disciplinary procedures related to the incident, and the school resource officer was informed.