Lee Co. School Leaders Wait Before Informing Parents of Gun Incidents
Posted March 6, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST
SANFORD — Two West Lee Middle School students are accused of bringing a weapon to school. Almost a week since the charges were filed, angry parents say they have only heard about it through hear-say.
School administrators say the first weapon was spotted on a bus. While investigating that incident, the following day it came to their attention that another child had a gun in school.
Lee County School Superintendent Robert Logan says that school administrators did not want to fuel the rumor mill. They wanted the facts before sending out a letter to parents.
"The young men are in juvenile custody as we speak, and the firearms are in the possession of police," he said. "So, we have the problem resolved."
Logan says the letter will go home with students Thursday. It also lets parents know that the schools plan to ensure students' safety, partly through the installation of metal detectors at all entrances.