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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.


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