CREATED Aug. 28, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Oasis Charter School parent Phyllis Bishop said she was livid when she found out by watching the news that Kenneth Pearson was arrested for bringing guns to her son's school.
"Notify me immediately if there is a threat to my child, to our school," Bishop said.
Bishop also thinks the school should have done more, especially since they had advanced warning Pearson was involved in a domestic dispute with one of the school's employees and may show up.
"If they knew there was a threat that school should have been immediately put on lock down," Bishop said.
Fox 4 took Bishop's concerns to the school's superintendent Dr. Angela Pruitt. Pruitt said there was only about a 30 minute window between being notified about Pearson and when he showed up on campus, and said the school wasn't placed on lock down because it wasn't a "code" situation.
"Anything that might pose a danger to the school, the children and the staff," Pruitt said.
"So this situation you didn't feel like was a danger," Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
""No, it was not, at no time was anyone in danger," Pruitt said.
When asked why she didn't think there was any danger, Pruitt said, "because of the way the situation unfolded. I was there and another administrator was there and when he got out of his car, he was here as a parent, it wasn't like someone on the loose," Pruitt said.
Pruitt said she understands parents are concerned and that the school is now reviewing all of it's safety policies. She said she sent out an email to the parents the day after the incident.
Bishop said she never got an email, and she still has concerns.
"I do not want my child to feel like he is in danger when he goes to school," Bishop said.
Kenneth Pearson is being held in the Lee County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Pruitt said his estranged wife has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the school and the school will call in more security if it is necessary.