A scary discovery in a classroom put a Hamilton school building on lockdown on Monday.
Police say students found bullets on the floor inside the Garfield Middle School building that led to a lockdown and building-wide search.
The school district’s website credits a few students at the school for immediately reporting what they saw.
A message was posted on the front page of the website on Monday reading, “We want to commend Garfield Middle School students as this morning a few students found bullets on the floor of a classroom. They immediately reported what they found.”
Hamilton Police Sgt. Ed Buns says they aren’t sure what kind of bullets were found, or where the rounds came from.
The school says on their website, “The building was placed on lockdown. The classroom and all students were checked to make sure there was nothing else in the classroom. Furthermore, all lockers in the building were searched a nothing else was found in the building.” "Finding this out today of what happened at Garfield, it makes me glad that I didn't send my daughter there this year - she's now homeschooled - because I just want to cry. What if a child would have been shot,” said Danyelle Paxton, a concerned parent in Hamilton.
On top of the situation on Monday, there have been other issues in schools in Hamilton this year. Police have previously told FOX19 NOW that two students are charged with making threats and another is charged with bringing a pellet gun to school and shooting it at students all in separate incidents lately.
The student accused in the pellet gun incident was a Garfield Middle School student, according to police in Hamilton. That 13-year old student is facing misdemeanor charges in juvenile court.
Stemming from those incidents, the Hamilton Police Department and the schools have teamed up to produce two safety videos that will be shown to students encouraging them to say something if they see something, and the penalties and punishments associated with their actions.