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Parents accuse Ramsey Junior High School of downplaying stabbing

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There are many different opinions of what horsing around entails, but most people would agree it doesn't typically involve knives -- but that's how police described an incident at Ramsey Junior High School that sent one boy to the hospital.

One of the two teens involved in the fight was arrested and charged with assault after stabbing a fellow student, and some parents want to know why the school district is telling them the two boys were just "horsing around."

"I've been obsessed with this for the past week," admitted Susan Stewart.

Stewart said it is bad enough that her son was stabbed in the arm after school last week, but she dais the district is now adding insult to injury by downplaying what happened to other parents.

"My son called me and said, 'Mom I've been telling everyone the truth about what happened and now I look like a liar because of the letter they sent home from school,'" Stewart told FOX 9 News.

According to Stewart, her son sent a text message to a friend at school to tell her a boy she was seeing was only after her iPod. A few days later, that boy came after him with an X-acto Knife blade and cut him so deeply on his right forearm he had to go to the hospital and receive several stitches.

"I think he's still in shock," she said. "We're blessed. It could have been much worse."

On Friday, the district sent a letter to parents saying the injury was the result of horseplay, but it didn't mention anything about a weapon.

Though the district claims it didn't want to alarm parents unnecessarily, but the mother of the girl in the middle said the district needs to be more transparent if a child acted in a violent way.

"If they are saying it was horsing around, that minimizes it and I think parents have a right to know," Nikki Divirgilio said.

Stewart told FOX 9 News the boy who attacked her son was suspended for five days and may be expelled, adding that he will not be allowed back at Ramsey Junior High School; however, she said this is still a teachable moment for the district and she hopes they will learn.

"They said the reason they worded the letter as they did was because the goal was to assure parents their students are safe on school property, but in doing so they are giving half-truths, they are downplaying the severity of an incident and they're really doing a disservice to the family," Stewart said.

The district is still deciding whether to send a follow-up letter or what its next step should be.

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