Parents concerned after razor blade incident at school
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Parents at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral are upset they weren't notified about an incident earlier this week when a student cut another student on the back of the neck with a razor.
Parent Rich Sander said he didn't learn about it until he saw it on the news.
"I was shocked that the school didn't make some sort of attempt to inform us that there was an incident at the school, no matter how big or small it was, it's still something that really captivates the minds of concerned parents," said Sander.
The school's principal, Dave Burgess, said he's spoken with dozens of parents who had concerns about the incident. Though he called it a minor incident that posed no danger to other students, he said he understands parents' concerns.
"I really understand their concern and I apologize that they learned the way they did with the scenario," Burgess said. "Most people don't want to hear that from the newspaper or the press or their child, they want to hear it from administration."
Burgess said parents get notified immediately if an incident poses danger to students or the school entirely. With disciplinary incidents occurring every day in school, no "standard protocal" exists for those situations, which are handled case by case. He also said he is a parent, too, and keeps that in mind when he makes decisions as a principal.