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Parents urged to check pockets after child brings bullets to 2nd grade classroom

Posted at 3:36 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 18:58:43-05

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. -- A child brought bullets into a second grade classroom at Cold Harbor Elementary School in Hanover. The child showed off four bullets to classmates in a "non-threatening manner" Monday, according to a letter Cold Harbor administrators sent home to parents.

"The teacher was immediately notified and the bullets were confiscated by an administrator," the letter read. "Please help us ensure safety by checking your child's backpack and pockets daily to ensure that only school appropriate items are in them."

School administrators told one mother, who inquired about the situation, that the bullets were left in the child's pockets after a weekend hunting outing. The child, the mother was told, had been sent home for the day following the discovery of the bullets.

There were no weapons present at the school, the letter continued, and at no time were any students in danger.

A Hanover Sheriff's Office spokesman said the school system never contacted them about the situation.   Major Michael Trice said generally when children are involved in situations like this, it would be handled from a caretaker role and the focus would be on making sure the child did not also have access to a weapon.

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