Father outraged after fourth grader brings knife to school

CREATED May 20, 2014

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WAUKESHA - A Waukesha father is furious after a fourth-grader took a knife to his daughter's school, and parents weren't immediately notified.

"A knife today, a gun tomorrow," says Peter Balistreri. "Who knows? You just don't know what's going through the mind of kids today."
 
Balistreri is angry he wasn't notified by Lowell Elementary, after his 10-year-old daughter and her friends said they were approached by another student with a knife on the playground.
 
"She said he pulled the knife out of his back pocket and was waving it at them," he describes. "My daughter said it came within inches of her when he turned around with it."
 
The incident happened before school. At the end of the day, administrators did send a letter home to parents, saying in part: "We were alerted to the incident immediately and were able to maintain the safety of all students."  
 
But Peter doesn't think that was enough. "It's still considered a weapon in school. There should be zero tolerance."
 
After meeting with school leaders, he went to the Waukesha Police Department and filed a report, something he believes the school should have done.
 
"Maybe there wasn't an immediate danger, and no one was hurt, but nevertheless, it should have been reported," he says.
 
The School District tells TMJ4 the safety of students always comes first. The incident was fully investigated, and the consequences were given to the student. In addition, the matter was referred to district-level administration as well as a School Resource Officer. The district urges parents with continued concerns to contact the school principal or Student Services administration.