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SOUTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A 7-year-old Ross Elementary student was arrested by Memphis Police Wednesday morning after the student brought a knife to school in a backpack and threatened another student with it.

The 9-year-old student was not injured.

Several Memphis Police cruisers rushed to Ross Elementary in South Memphis to help with school security, reacting to the latest weapons incident at a Shelby County Schools since class started Aug. 5.

Parent Bobbie Jones got a call about an incident on a school bus involving her 9-year-old son and a 7-year-old.

"He was talking to one of this classmates and the little boy was like, 'Shut up!,' telling him to shut up," Jones told FOX!3 News. "'I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to my friend!' The next thing you know the little boy is talking about a knife in his backpack."

The school board confirmed Jones' response with a statement: "A Ross Elementary student was arrested this morning for bringing a knife to school in his backpack. The Memphis Police Department is investigating the incident."

"I hope he doesn't get away with a slap on the wrist," Jones said. "I don't care how old he is because he could have did something to my child or to another person's child."

FOX13 News did some digging and this is not the first weapons-related incident at Ross Elementary. Earlier this year in February, a student was caught with a loaded gun on campus.

Though classes started on Aug. 5 across the merged county-wide school district, there have been several incidents involving weapons in the past week. On. Aug. 22 a loaded gun discharged inside a backpack a kindergarten student brought to school; Aug. 26 a woman was accused of stabbing two high school students outside Raleigh-Egypt High School; and Aug. 27 a Cypress Middle School student brought an unloaded gun to school in his backpack.

"I just really wish they had metal detectors," Jones said. "I really wish they'd put metal detectors up. They have to bring clear backpacks, but what's that going to solve? The little boy had a knife."

She says besides this incident, her children love Ross Elementary. Jones said the blame isn't with the school or administration, she says the problem starts at home.

"The teachers are good, they love the students," she said. "It's not the teachers' fault. It's these parent's fault. They need to check their children's backpacks, they need to know what their kids are doing. They need to be more involved in their kids lives."

The school board also stated weapons of any sort are prohibited on Shelby County Schools campuses. The 7-year-old who brought the knife to school will be disciplined in accordance with board policy.

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