Windham High School locked down after bullet found

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Windham Junior/Senior High School was locked down for a brief time Wednesday afternoon after a student found a live bullet in the street outside the building and brought it onto the campus.

Windham Police Chief Gene Fixler said police received a call from school administrators at 12:16 p.m. Wednesday reporting that a bullet had been found in the school at 9530 Bauer Ave. The school immediately went into lockdown, per the district's emergency plan.

Police officers arrived, and an investigation revealed students found the bullet on the street across from the school building. One student picked it up, took it into the school and threw it in the trash, according to Fixler. Another student reported the incident to school personnel, who locked down the building and alerted police.

Officers conducted interviews and searches in and around the school. After about 45 minutes, "it was determined jointly by the school administrators and Windham police officials on the scene that it was safe to resume classes at the entire school building," according to Fixler and school officials.

A notice regarding the lockdown also was posted on the Windham schools website. Regular school activities resumed after police finished searching the school and the lockdown ended, according to the school website.

The investigation is continuing and the bullet is being held as evidence pending forensic examination and fingerprint analysis.

Anyone with any information on the incident may call the Windham Police Department at 330-326-2206 or 330-326-2211.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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