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Teen packing knife arrested at Cape Coral school

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Teen packing knife arrested at Cape Coral school

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Aug 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 19, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral police arrested a 13-year-old girl Friday for bringing a knife to school.

"I'm a little mad right now," said Myra, a Cape Coral Charter School parent, who didn't want to give her last name.

Parents were upset at the school today. Many found out a 13-year-old girl allegedly brought a weapon to school. According to a police report, on Wednesday she threatened a student on the bus with a black knife 6" to 7" long.

"They should be more careful about what they bring!" said Aliana Cnales, another parent.

Officers say it happened over a phone call. The victim leant her cell to the girl who used it to reach an 18-year-old friend. But when the victim revealed the suspect's real age, she got upset. The next day, the girl brought a knife in her shoe. She asked the victim to call the 18-year-old back to tell that person she never lied about her age.

Jeny Vera, who works in the registrar and is also a parent, says the girl was suspended from school. 

"Safety of the children comes first," said Vera. "And i think the principal did the right decision."

On Friday, officers arrested the teen and booked her into the Juvenile Assesment Center.

"She's a good student," explained Vera, who says she knows the girl. "Her grades are good but i think she [made] a poor choice."

A school spokesperson won't confirm or deny the incident. Leaving some parents frustrated and, they say, feeling left in the dark. 

"Communication is horrible," said Tami Leone, a parent. "Everybody thinks if they keep things hush, hush it's better rather than telling people what really is." Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann asked, "Would you like them to be more transparent?" Leone replied, "Absolutely."

No one was hurt. Fox 4 spoke with the suspect's mom by phone. She had no comment. 

Fox 4 News does not publish the name of juvenile criminal suspects.