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Student suspended for bringing knife to Hanley Elementary School

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A student at Hanley Elementary School was suspended for bringing a knife to campus Monday.

School leaders learned about the knife before the student made it inside the school building. They called Memphis police immediately.

Hanley Elementary is part of Aspire Public Schools, a charter school system operating in California and Tennessee.

APS leaders confirmed the student brought a knife to school, but would not say how old or what grade the student was in.

Following the incident, parents and students are on edge.

“That's very scary,” said Tiffany Abston, whose sister attends the school.

School officials said the boy was sent home for the day after going against the Aspire School System’s zero tolerance policy.

“We believe that the safety of our children and the folks who work here is priority number one,” said school spokesperson Nicalous Manning.

“You don't want to think my child is at school and someone might harm them and the scariest part is, it's another child,” Abston said.

Many parents cannot imagine why the student would bring a knife.

“I've never heard of any weapons or anything here,” said Patricia Graham.

Those same parents want to see more done to make sure it does not happen again.

“It's sad to say, but they may have to start searching the kids before they come in class,” said Tashalinna Walker.

“It's the parents’ responsibilities. It starts at home,” Graham said.

Either way, many parents said it is a wake up call for safety.

No injuries were reported. The student will go before an expulsion panel soon.

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