Hazelwood School District examining safety procedures after student stabbed

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 9:13 AM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- Hazelwood School District officials are looking into how a student brought two pocket knives into school and stabbed another student in the leg.

Hazelwood Central High School officials said the incident was an accident and the 17-year-old student was treated at school and then sent to a local hospital. The victim is expected to be okay.

This incident has parents worried about the security measures the school has in place to protect students.

Former Hazelwood Central parent, Nikia Gist, said this incident reflects poorly on the Hazelwood School District. She said it’s another incident that puts a black eye on the district.

“Because a couple of incidents occurred that we didn’t find out about, we’d have to call the school during the day to inquire,” said Gist, “None of the parents found out about it.”

In this situation though, school officials did email parents once the school day was over.

Hazelwood officials said it happened inside a classroom and once the teacher became aware of it, the school was put on lockdown for 20 minutes.

Hazelwood District Official Diana Gulotta said the kids were playing around when the victim was accidentally stabbed. But Gulotta said the incident doesn’t cause too much concern for the district.

“I think we’re a big district with more students,” said Gulotta, “And because of that, things are more likely to happen.”

Gulotta also said those knives were considered weapons and were not allowed in school.

“We will continue to investigate,” Gullota said, “We are reviewing and examining all of our safety procedures in light of this situation.”

St. Louis County Police immediately arrested the student who had the knives. He could face juvenile charges.

Schools in the Hazelwood School District do not have metal detectors, but increased security throughout the district is currently being discussed.

The district will hold a meeting Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Hazelwood West High School to discuss safety measures with parents and it is open to the public.

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