Brandi Burke and her husband, Cory Burke, are outraged over the incident, which took place two weeks ago at the school. “This is a form of bullying,” Brandi Burke said after posting on Facebook how the bully brandished his knife and told other students he planned to slit her son’s throat. “This is a threat. This is a premeditated measure that a child took on someone’s life.”
She noted, “My son reported the knife to the librarian.”
A spokesperson for the district said the school investigated the incident and the student was found with one knife on school property.
They said, however, that there was not a direct threat made to the Burkes’ child.
“Just yesterday, the kid came up to my son and told him to move for no reason,” Brandi Burke said. “Plenty of room to move around.”
The Burkes say they want to see harsher penalties for students who make threats, bring weapons to school and bully others.
The recommended penalty for bringing a weapon on campus and making a threat to a student is three to ten days, according to the Middle School Student Handbook.
The Burkes said that for an offense this serious, they believe a child should be expelled.
“I don’t want him going to Porter Ridge Middle,” said their son, referring to his classmate.
The Burkes are calling on the school district to implement changes to its code of conduct and to expel their son’s classmate.
“It is not enough because my child’s life is worth fighting for,” Brandi said.
School officials said the student who brought the knife was suspended for five days and is the son of a local teacher.
Union County Public Schools statement:
“The safety and security of our students and staff are critically important. Staff at Porter Ridge Middle is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for its students. Appropriate action has been taken in this matter, as an active investigation continues to address the concerns.”
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