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Boy brings toy gun to Ben Franklin Elementary


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A third-grade boy will not be returning to Ben Franklin Elementary in Rochester after bringing a cap gun to school.

During school-time Friday, the boy used the gun in a threatening manner on the playground.

The parents of the girl who was the victim of that threat say they were not notified of the incident until they picked their daughter up from school.

They say the school's protocol for the event was overlooked.

"No one had contacted me," said Stephanie Jones. "Today he did apologize for not contacting us because even though he needed to investigate it, he still should have let us know that our daughter was involved in an incident that was that serious. He could have called and said 'Ms. Jones we're still investigating it,' and at least given me the option of being there or make sure that my child was okay."

Rochester Public School's Superintendent Michael Muñoz said, "According to our policy it treats all guns the same, but also there is a statement in there that does allow to look at each situation separately. There's a lot of factors that you have to look into when you make decisions like that."

Jones was notified around 4:30 p.m. Monday, that the boy would not be returning to the school.

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