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Pasco school district's silence over student's threat irks parents, officials alike



NEW PORT RICHEY— Dozens of angry River Ridge High School parents have called the Pasco County school district this week, complaining that a student who threatened to kill his classmates has been allowed to return to classes.

District officials said they've investigated with law enforcement and determined the school is safe. They want to explain more, but their hands are tied because of laws protecting the student's confidentiality.

They won't even say which laws they're referring to, for fear that such basic information might inadvertently lead to identifying the student publicly, violating the student's rights.

"It's the most frustrating thing I have encountered so far on this job," said School Board member Alison Crumbley, who has spent hours tracking down information after being contacted by many families. Read the full story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:31pm]


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