November 29, 2018

CHELMSFORD -- A Harrington Elementary School student learned the hard way Wednesday morning that it’s not appropriate to bring a bullet into school for show and tell.


Police responded to the school about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday upon learning a student was in possession of a bullet. According to police, officers and school officials determined the student brought the .45 caliber round to school to show classmates.

“I commend the students for reporting this incident quickly,” Police Chief James Spinney said in a statement. “It’s important to emphasize that there was never any danger to students or staff today, and that the school faculty and administrators have handled this effectively.”

It’s unclear how the student came to be in possession of the bullet, which police said was immediately confiscated.

School administrators are addressing the matter according to the district’s code of conduct, police said.

According to the student handbook, bringing in such items as weapons, knives and lighters “will result in suspension or expulsion, and in some cases reported to the police and/or fire department.”

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