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Dinwiddie parents sound off on school gun scare protocol

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A student accused in a Dinwiddie High School gun scare is now facing harsher punishment, according to sources.

The decision comes after an NBC12 report about a teenage boy who allegedly taunted a Dinwiddie High School teacher with a prop gun. The school's superintendent, David Clark, said that the report prompted the school to re-investigate this case.

Sources say the student is now serving out-of-school suspension, and is recommended for expulsion. School officials aren't confirming those specifics.

The situation has some parents upset, claiming the school system hasn't informed them adequately when alleged threats, like this, happen.

"We really didn't find out anything about this incident until after (NBC12's) report in the news. And we got a report the next day on the phone about the incident being reopened," said Peter Hoffman, who has a son at Dinwiddie High School.

Weeks earlier, administrators confirm an air soft gun was confiscated from another student. A mom questioned the board on what discipline is warranted in the school's code of conduct regarding weapons, real or fake.

"I'd also like to know that the school board is taking action appropriate," said Louise Hayes, also a parent of a Dinwiddie High School student, while at the podium.

Sympathy was expressed for the teacher involved in the prop gun incident, who sources say is still too traumatized to return to school.

"I'd hope that there is support being offered to that educator," continued Hayes.

The superintendent responded that the safety of both students and staff is a top priority.

"I can assure you that any of those comments that you made tonight are going to be taken seriously," said Clark. Clark also said that the administration wants to keep parents informed. There is no specific word yet on what types of incidents parents will be notified about.

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