Bag checks at local elementary school after ‘classroom incident’

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A “classroom incident” at a local elementary school has led to increased security measures and a student suspension.

In a letter to parents of Horace Mann Elementary School students, the principal says the school is now conducting bag checks on students.

The letter reads: “A classroom incident occurred at the beginning of the month. This situation was handled swiftly and appropriately by those in charge…  Please understand that going forward, students bags will be searched adn your student’s safety is our priority.”

Asked for more details, Dayton Public Schools confirmed a student was suspended in relation to an incident.

DPS said: “Earlier this month, because of an incident, a Horace Mann PreK-6 student was swiftly and appropriately disciplined according to Dayton Public Schools policy. Also according to district policy, the disciplinary action was taken and the student has returned to classes at Horace Mann this week. We assure you that proper safeguards are applied and we will continue to provide a safe learning environment.”

DPS would not confirm exactly what the incident was that led to the bag checks or the suspension.

Some parents are upset the school didn’t notify them earlier. 

Christopher Slaght has a sixth grader at the school.

“If something like that happens, we have the right to know that their safety was at risk,” Slaght said “And they should have notified every single parent through the one-call system or something – a robot call – anything to notify them, ‘Hey, we had an incident. It’s being taken care of.’ We got nothing.”

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