The Parent Teacher Association at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School and the Alexandria NAACP both held meetings Tuesday night to ask questions of school and police officials about the arrest of a 10-year-old boy last month for having a toy gun on a school bus.
School Superintendent Morton Sherman and Alexandria Deputy Police Chief Blaine Corle were among those taking questions from interested and angry parents.
Many parents felt the school system had been heavy handed in allowing the arrest of the boy on a charge of brandishing a weapon.
He was charged in juvenile court, but the charge was eventually dropped. The boy was suspended, but is now reportedly back in school.
The superintendent told parents, for privacy reasons, he was unable to speak in detail about the case, but tried to explain school policy involving incidents where guns or threats might be involved.
Deputy Chief Corle said the police department drops everything when the words school or gun are involved and makes it their priority.
The Alexandria NAACP has criticized the school system and called its handling of the case "senseless" and "insensitive."