Parent arrested after allegedly bringing gun, illegal narcotics into Blue Springs elementary school

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A Blue Springs parent was arrested Wednesday after allegedly bringing a gun

In a letter to parents, Blue Springs school officials said Wednesday morning a parent of a student at the school came into James Walker Elementary, asking to use a phone to get a ride.

Office staff said the man was "acting somewhat erratically," according to school officials, and quickly ushered the man out of the building.

A school public safety officer detained the parent nearby and found he had illegal narcotics and a gun. Police were called to the scene and took the parent into custody.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is now reviewing the incident. Police say the man could face federal charges.

Sara Hodge was just one of many Blue Springs parents feeling a bit uneasy about the incident.

"I mean, it's definitely scary," she said.

Hodge believes she was dropping her son off at James Walker just after the man was removed from the school.

"I don't know him, but I mean, it's really known that you shouldn't have a firearm on school property at all," Hodge said of the Blue Springs man.

"It's just more intense with everything that's been going on in the last week with Florida and then the schools getting threats," Blue Springs mom Amanda Minter said. "It's scary."

Minter and many other Blue Springs moms and dads are relieved no one at their kids' school was hurt.

"You want your kids to be safe, you know, but they did the proper protocol and everything and got it taken care of, so that's all that matters," one parent said.