(Memphis) Trying to sneak a knife into school landed a 15-year-old girl in the backseat of a police cruiser rather than a graduation ceremony with the rest of her class.
Carol Dennis has a son in eighth grade at Hickory Ridge Middle School.
"Thank God for the metal detectors, because it could have been worse," she said.
Police say a tip came in that this girl was bringing a weapon to school Friday, and they were able to catch it before she came inside.
Michael Vincent was inside the school when it happened.
"It's hard for people these days. You need to watch your kids, and be a part of their lives."
Family and friends in the audience had no idea any of this was going on during the ceremony.
Vincent came to see his 14-year-old sister graduate, and says he's glad the school's security system worked this time.
"It was nice enough that they were able to still carry on the graduation without people going crazy and all that kind of stuff like that."
Others think they should have been warned. Dennis says this isn't the first time the school has kept parents out of the loop.
"It's a lot going on and a lot they keep hid from us. Maybe they will send a letter home today, because I was not aware of this."
Everyone agrees middle school should be a safe place, and these kids are too young to be dealing with things like this.
We do not know if this girl was going to graduate today, but we do know she was taken to juvenile court.
Vincent said, "You have to make sure your kids are safe. You send them out the door, and want to make sure they make it back in the door."