Dickinson parents upset they weren't notified of shooting until hours later
SOUTH BEND, Ind.
Parents are upset at the amount of time the South Bend Community School Corporation took to notify them of four students being shot by BB gun pellets at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy on Thursday.
The shooting happened inside the gymnasium Thursday morning, according to a voicemail message left for parents. The school was placed on lockdown and the BB gun was found inside of the locker of the student responsible.
School Board officials say there was supervision present at the time of the incident.
Kristy Boyd’s daughter attends Dickinson Fine Arts Academy. She says she’s frustrated by the delayed communication by the school board.
“It’s scary. It’s terrible,” said Boyd. “Shame on South Bend Community schools for not communicating with parents that there was an issue.”
Boyd says she understands that these situations are delicate but adds that just a little bit of communication would have made a big difference.
“Tell me that my kid is safe and everything is under control,” said Boyd. “That’s what I wanted to know.”
ABC 57 reached out to the South Bend Community School corporation but they declined an interview and says they stand by their original statement.