• Parents, administrators hold meeting to discuss security at St. Louis public school

    by KMOV.com Staff


    Posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 5:41 PM

    ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Parents and administrators held a meeting at Jefferson Elementary Wednesday to discuss safety at the school.

    The meeting follows an incident where a student brought a gun to school and threatened other students.

    According to officials, the 13-year-old student was spotted with a pistol on February 6. Parents say students told them the student had brought the gun on at least two other occasions, and one student even had it pointed at his head.

    Following the meeting, parents were pleased with the measures taken by the school in the interim.

    Anthony Rowell, the stepfather of the student who reportedly had the gun aimed at him, wanted the school to consider metal detectors; though he said he understands how some parents would be unhappy with younger students being subjected to them.

    “Please come to these meetings,” said Rowell. “We need your voice. ‘Cause we are the ones letting know that we do care.”

    According to officials, every middle and high school in the district has metal detectors. 

    Jefferson Elementary has deployed extra security officers and has implemented a buddy system in which any student in the hallway must be accompanied by another student.

    “First off, we hope nothing like this happens again,” said St. Louis Public Patrick Wallace. “Second, we review all of our measures, from our security measures to our communication measures, once something like this happens. And if we can do something better or that makes a difference in the futures, we certainly will do that.”