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TCAPS reassures parents of no danger when letter was sent home about inappropriate item

A letter was sent home to the parents of students at Willow Hill Elementary School after a student brought a utility tool in their backpack.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Parents of a Traverse City elementary school received a letter from the principal after a student brought an inappropriate item to school.

Christine Guitar, the director of communication for Traverse City Area Public Schools, said it happened Monday at Willow Hill Elementary School.

Guitar said an item such as a utility tool, which is acceptable at home, isn't okay in a school environment.

A student alerted staff about seeing the item in another student's backpack.

School staff removed it quickly and children were never in danger.

"Some items that are allowable in a household setting might not be in a school environment and it's also important that our students get commended when they see something and say something because we call collectively keep each other safe and within the bounds and rules that are required in a school environment," said Guitar.

Guitar said they sent home a letter to parents just so they would be aware if their child happened to bring the incident.

Law enforcement was not involved at any point.

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