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Spring HS administrators try to calm parents' fears

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Administrators at Spring High School and concerned parents are finally coming together following last week's deadly stabbing. We've heard a lot of complaints and concerns from parents in the past few days and Wednesday was their first chance to hopefully get some answers directly from the school.

This was the first in a series of parent meetings, and the media was not allowed inside. But parents told us it was calm, with no hostility and everyone is working together.

Parent Renee Smith said, "I didn't believe what was being told to us through emails."

Smith kept her daughter out of school Monday following what police call a deadly gang-related stabbing inside Spring High School's cafeteria last week. Now her anxiety has settled.

She said, "I feel like they are doing the very best that they can absolutely do to make sure our kids our safe."

Smith is one of 50 parents who sat in a meeting led by Spring High School Principal Donna Ullrich for an hour and a half Wednesday morning.

"What I did was an overview of the last week's events and the security we've put in place, the processes we've put in place," Principal Ullrich explained.

Parents were allowed to write questions, comments and suggestions on notecards, with many sharing Smith's concern.

"I just want to make sure that precautions are being taken by the administration to make sure that everyone is safe and that kids are safe," said parent Raymond Walker.

Ullrich says her administration is listening and acting on what parents want.

She said, "They wanted us to keep the metal detectors for at least the remainder of the year, we will do that."

Smith told Eyewitness News that Ullrich apologized for the communication breakdown on the day of the violence.

"She said this was on me, I realize information didn't get out in time," Smith explained.

Smith says she is satisfied and she can finally relax, knowing her daughter is in good hands.

She said, "I feel like (Ullrich) was real. I feel like she told us the truth. I feel like my kid can be at school and be safe."

Principal Ullrich also announced a community meeting that will be held with the gang task force. The parents we spoke with say that's one meeting they all plan to attend.

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