Shotgun shell found at O'Fallon middle school

O'Fallon ProgressApril 23, 2013 

— Central District 104 administrators called for help from the O'Fallon Police Department Monday after an unfired .410 shotgun shell was found on the floor in a public area of Joseph Arthur Middle School.

Superintendent John Bute said as soon as the shell was found JAMS Principal Jared Weh contacted O'Fallon Police Department School Resource Officer Jamie Kilquist, and officers from the department were dispatched to the school.

Bute said the students were confined to their classrooms while a thorough search was conducted of lockers and other areas, but no weapons or other ammunition of any kind were found. He added the school's security cameras did not show any images that could help in the investigation.

Bute, who was in the building when police arrived, said the shell was found on the floor during an afternoon passing period on Monday. Such a shell is intended for use in a .410 bore shotgun, which is smallest gauge shotgun currently available.

"At no time did the school receive any threat toward the building, staff or students," Bute added.

Parents of District 104 students were notified of the incident Monday afternoon.

"We have an excellent working relationship with the O'Fallon Police Department and appreciate the quick response of (Officer) Kilquist," Bute said.

He noted that earlier this year O'Fallon Police Chief John Betten attended a Dist. 104 school board meeting to reassure school officials of his department's commitment to an increased police presence in all O'Fallon schools.

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