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Student reportedly brings weapon to Arlee School

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Email to Superintendent Baker (courtesy Tia Espinoza) Email to Superintendent Baker (courtesy Tia Espinoza)

ARLEE - Parents are questioning the Arlee School District's decision not to send an alert on Wednesday after a student reportedly brought a weapon to school.

A letter from the Arlee Joint School District says that on Wednesday, Oct. 31, a student brought a weapon to school and it was "discovered and secured immediately."

The letter goes on to explain that school trustees opted not to alert parents or students "based on the need to collect more information and the lack of a present threat.... To be clear, no individual students were threatened nor was there any incident involving the weapon."

The child brought a gun in a backpack, according to an email from Superintendent James Baldwin that was shared by a parent.

Baldwin told ABC FOX Montana that he wants to assure parents:

"There was never a threat and nobody was in harm," Baldwin said. "We just regret that it sort of got a little bit - that misinformation got a little bit crazy." Baldwin went on to apologize saying, "We didn't contact parents maybe soon enough and for that I've apologized."

Some parents and family of Arlee students weren't happy with the district's decision, and posted to social media with their concerns.

Gloria writes: "The school was not locked down and checked out. What the heck!! What if this person had had an accomplice? This is not the days of old. We as parents should have been notified right away and the school should have been locked down and searched."

Rose writes: "My son came home scared."

The school is hosting a meeting to address the issue with parents on Nov. 7 at 6:30 PM in the high school library.

One parent posted a picture of the letter that the district send home with students:

 We're sending reporters to learn more on this story.

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