Waianae Intermediate student brings weapons to school

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A seventh grader from Waianae Intermediate School is in a bit of trouble after bringing knives and a gun to school Monday morning.

He allegedly showed it off to a few students.

“As soon as we found out from the security, we took action. I mean, our job is to make sure kids our safe,” said Raechelle Fabrao, principal.

Officials say the student took an air-soft gun, which is considered contraband in school.

“Sometimes kids make some poor choices for whatever reason. We just gotta continue letting them know it’s not a good choice to bring all that contraband, and drugs, and alcohol to school,” Fabrao said.

No one is saying why the student brought the weapons to school. The principal immediately confiscated the weapons, notified the student’s parents, and Honolulu Police. But other parents wondered why they weren’t immediately told.

“Yeah, I’m concerned because that’s the first I ever heard of it. You just telling me,” said Frances Ke, parent. “They alert us about meetings and stuff, so why couldn’t they tell us about that.”

The school says they do communicate with parents, but each situation is treated differently. The principal says this case was considered confidential and also says the more than 900 students there are constantly reminded about the school’s zero-tolerance policy.

“And we just want kids to understand those are things we shouldn’t be in possession of. we shouldn’t be bringing it to school because their job is to learn. And our job is making sure that kids have the environment to learn,” Fabrao said.

The student will not be able to return to Waianae Intermediate alongside his classmates, but the school will try to work with him to ensure he receives proper education.

Although HPD responded, no arrests were made.

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