Local parent Bridget Hileman asked the New Albany-Plain Local school board Sept. 27 to "prepare the staff, students and parents" for what she hopes will be "isolated" incidents of bullying.

Local parent Bridget Hileman asked the New Albany-Plain Local school board Sept. 27 to "prepare the staff, students and parents" for what she hopes will be "isolated" incidents of bullying.

Hileman said one of her sons was threatened last week, and one of the students who threatened her son is being accused of bringing a knife to New Albany Middle School on Sept. 21.

Jeff Warner, communications officer for the district, confirmed there was a threat made but it might not have been made in conjunction with the knife.

Sgt. Greg Jones of the New Albany Police Department said a police report has been filed. In it, the alleged victim states a knife was brandished and that he felt threatened because of an incident that had occurred at a football game Sept. 17. When a teacher learned of the knife, the suspect was searched and no knife was found. It was later found discarded in a bathroom trashcan.

Jones would not say if charges would be filed. The case has not yet been reviewed by the prosecuting attorney as of ThisWeek's press time Sept. 28.

School officials can't name any students involved in the incident, interim superintendent Bill Reimer said. He told Hileman on Sept. 27 that the district is taking the incident seriously.

"Our primary emphasis is to keep our children safe," he said. No one was injured in the incident, Reimer said.

Hileman said parents were not notified when the knife incident occurred Sept. 21.

"If a child goes to school with pink eye or strep throat, a letter is sent to all the parents, but a knife in the classroom didn't merit notification," she said.

Middle school principal Andy Culp said action is being taken according to the school's code of conduct.

Warner said a suspension hearing was being held Sept. 28 and three students were involved. He said Culp could suspend students for up to 10 days. The superintendent can extend the suspension into an expulsion.

Hileman asked the school board Sept. 27 what would happen when the students return to school.

"We need to put some distance between these kids," Hileman said. "I will be seeking protection orders to keep them away from my children. I will do anything to keep my sons safe, and I am asking the school not to look away."

Reimer said the middle school staff members acted quickly as soon as they found out about the problem.

"We were confident by the end of the day they knew who was involved and who was responsible," Reimer said.

Hileman said Culp was very helpful, and many children from the school have supported her son by friending him on Facebook.

"A lot of good things have happened after this," she said.

Hileman said she wants to make sure the district takes action and continues to fight bullying.

"The kids attending this school are looking to us adults to see how these matters are handled, and we can't afford to let them down," she said. "The safety of all these children is at stake."