Police Investigating Reported Knife Brought To Bentonville Elementary School

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Police are investigating after a knife was reportedly brought to Mary Mae Jones Elementary School in Bentonville.

Bentonville police declined to release further details but confirmed a police report was filed last week, according to Sgt. Gene Page, spokesman for the department.

"We take this incident seriously," said Leslee Wright, communications director for Bentonville Public Schools.

No details have been released by the school or police about what happened due to The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

"Federal law prohibits us from discussing any details, but we have taken every step possible to ensure the safety of our students."

Tasha Davis, the mother of a 10-year-old boy who attends the school, said another student brought a steak knife to the campus intending on harming her son because he was annoying.

Davis said the student who brought the knife tried to get other kids to help her, but one student alerted a teacher who intervened and quickly took action.

"I'm worried about him and his emotional state and terrified that he could happen to him in school because he's in fourth grade, it's not normal."

Davis told 5NEWS she's upset the school didn't call her sooner. She says the incident happened Wednesday (Jan. 16) morning, but she wasn't notified until later that afternoon.

"So they were kept separate in rooms for the remainder of the day for questioning, and I don't think any child should be left in a room, or we should've been notified a lot sooner. We should've been notified immediately, for the parents that were involved."

She's still trying to piece together why the other students wanted to hurt her son.

"I want to know what made the girls hate him so much that they wanted to hurt him and understand what was going on. If there is something I'm not aware of, I want to be able to know the whole story."

Davis says she has not been told how the other students will be disciplined but said the other students have not been back to school since the incident.

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