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Parents raise concerns after word of 'stab list' surfaces at CT school

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Concerned parents are speaking out after a Bristol middle school student allegedly made a list, naming students she wants to stab.

While school officials said safety measures are in place, some parents said they don’t feel safe sending their children to school.

“This whole stabbing issue, just started this year. It's the first I heard of it," said Bristol parent Jennifer Long, who said her son’s name is reportedly on the list. “Who is to say she isn't going to act upon this list.”

The student in question attends West Bristol School.

“We had bomb threats last year. I would assume a stabbing list would be a threat so there should be an arrest made no matter if you're a minor or not," said parent Nicole Lubrico.

In a letter school officials sent home to parents, the assistant principal wrote that a student “reported to a teacher that another student had said ‘you're going on my stab list’.”

School officials said they are looking into this, and said “The parent of the student who made the remark was contacted and the action was handled according to our school and district policies."

Parents said every parent should be informed if their son or daughter is on the list. They said they heard the student who made the list has been in trouble before, and was reportedly expelled last year for bringing a knife to school.

The superintendent of schools would only say “due to the confidential nature of student information, I am not able to comment.”

“I'm not sure whether to take my children out of the school. Until we come up with a plan to know everyone is safe," Lubrico said. 

The school also said maintaining a safe and secure school environment remains a primary focus.

Police have reportedly been informed as well.

On Tuesday evening, Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the letter sent to parents on Tuesday by the school's principal, which said "Dear parents/guardians, Yesterday a student was heard making an inappropriate comment to another student that was threatening in nature. While state privacy laws limit the amount of information I can share regarding student issues, I am writing to reassure you that the situation was handled in a timely manner, following school and district safety protocols. After conducting a thorough investigation, our administrative team worked with our Director of Safety, Deputy Superintendent and School Resource Officer to evaluate the level of threat and determine next steps. At no time were any members of our school community in danger. The safety of every member of our West Bristol community is extremely important to me. In the event that there is an immediate threat or danger to your child or staff, you will be notified of the situation. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any questions or concern you may have regarding this situation.  I will be available after our PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 27th for further discussion about our safety procedures and routines."

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