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BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Parents were reacting Tuesday after learning that a convicted felon was able to get into Boca Raton High School two weeks ago with a knife and box cutter.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Peterson Saint-Filas was spotted by a student on Tuesday, August 20 on the second floor of the school.
Police say they found a box cutter and a knife on Saint-Filas. He told them he was "in love" with the students. "I only saw him as the police were taking him out in handcuffs in the afternoon," school security guard and golf coach Bob Knight said.
Knight says he was working when the incident happened. "I think we should be more aware of the things going on on campus because of all the things going on and copycats," Knight said.
Knight says most of the gates around the school stay locked except for the main entrance. He says the school is secure, but in the morning it is hard to keep track of everyone because there are 3,000 students arriving. "He could have just walked through the gate in the morning," Knight said.
Some parents said they believe the school is safe, but are concerned they weren't told about the arrest. "How did he get in to the premises? That is what I would like to know. I mean the doors are usually locked," parent Cheryl Rickert said.
Saint-Filas was granted a $50,000 bond Tuesday morning. He is charged with trespassing on school grounds and possession of a weapon on school property.
His friend and roommate says he is not dangerous. "Sometimes, when he doesn't take his medicine, he does things wrong. But he is a nice man," friend Fernando Alexandres said outside his Delray Beach home.
According to Principal Geoffrey McKee, students were not in danger.
He says since the incident happened, they are now having paraprofessionals monitor the outside of the school earlier in the morning. He says they are thankful the situation wasn't more serious.