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School increases police presence after bullets found in bathroom

No threats or security breaches occurred at Concord High School yesterday, but four police officers were on campus after a student found four bullets in a toilet Monday afternoon.

“Concord High’s had a smooth day,” Principal Gene Connolly said. “There’s been a serious police presence, and I think the community appreciates that.”

A student found four loose bullets in a toilet in the fifth-floor boys bathroom in the East Building at about 12:15 p.m. Monday. He snapped a photo on his cell phone and reported it to his teacher, who called the principal’s office.

Connolly and the school resource officer went immediately to the bathroom, but the bullets were gone by the time they got there. School officials suspect someone flushed them down the toilet.

Any student or parent with information was asked to come forward, but so far no one has claimed responsibility for the bullets, Connolly said.

In a letter to parents Monday, he said it was possible a student accidentally brought them to school after a weekend hunting trip, but he did not want to assume anything.

Several students have shared information about things they saw or heard that could be related. Though none of it has led to concrete evidence on where the bullets came from, Connolly said he appreciates their willingness to share.

“The kids have been great from the beginning,” he said.

More students were absent than normal yesterday, but all those absences were excused, Connolly said.

The additional police officers were on campus to ensure safety and to help calm the fears of worried teens and parents, and Concord High School also has an armed school resource officer on campus every day.

The police also have been working with the district to investigate threatening messages that were written about two staff members in a bathroom in the West Building last week. It is unclear whether the messages and the bullets are related.

“We have a close working relationship (with the school),” said Concord police Chief John Duval. With “any incident that needs to be reported to the police or items of concern we have a process set in place that works very well for us.”

There will also be an increased police presence today.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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