Newmarket school locked down after bullet found in locker room
NEWMARKET - The junior/senior high school was put into a lockdown on Thursday afternoon when a bullet was found in the boys'; locker room.
Superintendent James Hayes said a single .22 caliber bullet was found underneath a bench in the locker room and the school was put into a ';shelter in place'; lockdown while police searched lockers, classrooms, backpacks and purses.
';They came up without any other issues and we were able to complete that before school dismissed around 2:30,'; Hayes said.
He said a student acknowledged he was responsible for the bullet being there, and said it was purely an accident.
He had been at target practice the night before and happened to have a bullet in his pocket.
Hayes said there does not appear to be any malicious intent behind it, but the incident is still being investigated.
';Any kind of weapon or threat is a concern for us and we look at it seriously and decide the proper way to handle it,'; Hayes said.
Parents were notified of the lock-down via an ';AlertNOW'; phone call on Thursday evening, Hayes said.