June 25, 2016

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Bullet in hallway shuts down Claggett Middle School

Listen to the audio message from Medina Schools: [audio:http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/school_vm.mp3|titles=Voicemail]

MEDINA — Claggett Middle School was locked down from about 9:30 a.m. until noon Monday after a student found a .22-caliber cartridge on the floor of a hallway.

Superintendent Randy Stepp said student lockers, classrooms and hallways in the middle school, 420 E. Union St., were searched by school officials and police. Book bags and student belongings were also inspected.

Nothing else was found.

Students who were leaving for a field trip to Mohican Outdoor School, a hands-on environmental camp, were taken off the bus and a search was conducted. Again, nothing was found and the students went on the trip.

Stepp said officials are investigating to find out who brought the bullet to school.

“We do have some leads as to who it might have been,” he said.

Two similar incidents happened in December, when Ralph E. Waite Elementary School in Montville Township was placed under lockdown for two hours after a spent shell casing was found in the lobby of the school. That same week, a .22-caliber cartridge was found on a school bus as students were leaving Buckeye Junior High School in York Township.

Stepp reminded parents to make sure that all ammunition and weapons are securely locked away.

“We ask all parents to please have conversations with their children regarding the dangers of bullets, guns and other paraphernalia,” he said. “It is also important to stress the seriousness of bringing such items to school.”

Stepp said students who are found bringing ammunition to school could face serious disciplinary consequences, from suspension to expulsion, and possibly criminal charges.

District parents were notified with a phone call when the lockdown began and after it was over. Some parents commented on The Gazette’s Facebook page that they did not receive a call.

Jeanne Hurt, district communications coordinator, encouraged parents to inform the school district of any changes to their email or phone numbers.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.