Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
We got this letter below from the principal and superintendent this week, this is so scary!
FYI these are 5th graders!!! I want to also mention that a 6th grader told a teacher he wants to be a school shooter!! The punishment for all of this is only suspension!!!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Early this afternoon, we were made aware that 3 Argenziano School students each had a knife in their possession while at school. One of the students reportedly showed the knife to a younger student and verbally threatened the student to not tell anyone that the student was carrying the knife. The knives have been recovered and the 3 students were immediately removed from school, and the Somerville Police Department has been notified.
This incident is in clear violation of our school safety protocols. Any type of weapon is strictly prohibited in our schools or on school grounds regardless of whether the item is considered a “recreational item”. Our process is clear: any student who brings or has in their possession any type of weapon while on school grounds will be suspended immediately, Somerville Police Department will be notified, and the student may face expulsion. As is customary, we will also work with the students and their families to provide whatever support they may need.
We urge parents and guardians to be vigilant of your child’s access to items that may present a danger to themselves or to others. Such items can often be obtained off the internet or in sporting goods stores. Please also remind your children of our strict protocol regarding possession of any type of weapon in our schools or on school grounds.
Glenda Soto, Interim Principal Mary Skipper, Superintendent