Bullets found in bathroom at Colonial Heights Middle School

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) – A school was put on lock down after bullets are found in the boy's bathroom. It happened just after 9:00 a.m. this morning at Colonial Heights Middle School.

State Police and other law enforcement agencies conducted what's being called a top to bottom sweep of the school. No weapons were found inside the building.

Two rounds of .22 long rifle bullets were found inside the school. A student spotted the ammunition and reported it to an administrator.

The school went on lock down for two hours.

Student, Donte Ridley, didn't know what was going on.

"They said to lock the doors and don't let the teachers or kids go out," said Ridley.

News of the bullets being found at the school is raising concern among some parents, including Donte's mother, Cora Taylor.

"I'm not pleased to hear about it. Hopefully they'll do something to resolve this matter. I don't feel safe at this time being that they found what they found," said Taylor.

Mike Jarratt found out about the incident while picking up his daughter's homework assignment.

"It's scary and I'm glad my daughter wasn't here today," said Jarratt.

School officials say parents need not worry.

"I think it's an isolated incident. As I said before, I have a student here and I'm a parent here and I feel like it's a safe school," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Cox.

Investigators have identified the juvenile responsible for bringing the bullets to school.

He could face criminal charges, as well as, school disciplinary action which includes suspension up to expulsion.

Colonial Heights Middle School parents were notified of the incident through a letter sent home with students.

The notice also encourages parents to talk to their children about the importance of reporting suspicious behavior at school.

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