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Two bullets found at Timberlane High School

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 24. 2018 2:12PM
 (COURTESY)



PLAISTOW — Two bullets were found Monday near a locker room at Timberlane Regional High School, according to Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler.

The .25 and .45 caliber bullets were found in a lost and found bin near the girls’ locker room, after which a security sweep was performed by Plaistow police and a K-9 unit, Metzler said. The area is used by athletes on sports teams at Timberlane and visiting teams, Metzler said.

Monday was the first day of school vacation week in New Hampshire, and no students were at the school when the bullets were found.

“We will take every precaution necessary to make sure this campus is 100 percent safe for all staff and students when they return to school on April 30,” Metzler said. “We are working with the Plaistow police and their K-9 unit to sweep out the entire campus. We have no idea how long the bullets were there or where they came from.”

Metzler said a “comprehensive investigation” is underway to try and determine how the bullets ended up in the locker room.

Metzler said schools in the district undergo an extensive cleaning during school vacation weeks. Crews found the bullets during a cleaning on Monday, and Metzler immediately notified Plaistow police, who sent officers and a K-9 unit to sweep the school.

“No other items were found,” said Metzler. “The Plaistow police have been great. Within an hour they were on scene.”

Police stepped up security on the campus of Timberlane Regional High School as a precaution last Friday, after reports surfaced of an alleged threat against students and staff.

Metzler announced last Thursday that he and other administrators had learned about a “potential threat” to the safety of students and staff at the high school. Metzler said he received multiple phone calls from parents and others regarding rumors of a threat to the school. Police were notified, he said, but were unable to substantiate the claims.

Plaistow Police Capt. Brett Morgan said the reports involved a former student, and Metzler said he believes social media helped the rumors spin “out of control.”

Metzler said he didn’t think the bullets found on Monday were connected to last week’s rumored threat.

“Were they left there weeks ago, days ago... it’s hard to know,” said Metzler. “But I don’t believe the two — the bullets and the possible threat — are connected. But we are taking that fact that they were found on campus seriously, and every precaution will be taken to make sure the school is safe when students get back.”

Metzler said a visible police presence will remain in place at the school over the remainder of school vacation because sporting events are scheduled to be held there.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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