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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
It was a visitor at LaGrange High School that is raising concern for parent Jennifer Miller.
Miller said on Tuesday, a 19-year-old former student made her way into the school and to her 17-year-old daughter's classroom to confront and fight her. While she was never given access inside the class, Miller said it's a little too close for comfort.
"There's no way that should take place," said Miller.
School resource officers escorted Miller's daughter to her car and detained the visitor in question. She was released, but not before a serious warning.
"Basically, that she was not allowed back on the campus. If she came back on the campus, she would be arrested," said Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
Miller has filed a complaint with the school and Sheriff's Office and believes their visitor policy needs to change.
"What if this girl would have had a gun? I want to have something in place to prevent another Columbine situation or another Sandy Hook. If this girl would have had a gun, this would have been a different report today," said Miller.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Office tells us they have several resource officers at LaGrange for safety of students and faculty. However, Guillory said they have no control over who the school issues a visitor's pass to.
"That's up to the school board personnel. Apparently, they felt comfortable enough with this ex-student - she was an ex-student there. They gave her a visitor's pass and let her go where she needed to go. After questioning, we found out she said she was at the school to drop off something to her brother," said Guillory.
Our calls to school administrators were not returned. Miller has since met with them but is not reassured things will change.
"In light of the Sandy Hook situation, we cannot fail as parents, as administrators or officers to allow people to come here without any kind of accountability where they are going, who they are and what they are here for," said Miller.
Miller said in addition to scheduling a meeting with the Calcasieu Parish School Board, she also plans to contact local state legislators to see if anything can be done.