EDWARDSVILLE — A single round of ammunition was found in a locker room at Edwardsville High School Friday.
Edwardsville Superintendent Ed Hightower informed parents that a high school student found a rifle round on the floor of the boys locker room and turned it in to the administration.
According to Hightower, school resource officer John Arendell examined the bullet and searched the area to assure that there were no weapons present. A weapon was not found, according to Hightower.
"Officer Arendell believed that due to the fact no weapon was found and this was a single round, one of our students who hunts or may be involved in target or sports shooting inadvertently dropped the bullet from his pocket," Hightower wrote. "Chief Keeven and I would like to encourage parents and students who are hunters or sports shooters to be vigilant in removing any ammunition from their possession prior to coming onto school grounds."
Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven confirmed that it was an intact rifle round and he was confident in Arendell's search that the school remained safe. "There is no reason to believe it was anything other than something that fell out of a student's pocket," Keeven said.
Keeven said the round was found on the floor, not inside a locker, after several classes had gone through the locker room. He complimented the district and Hightower on their response, including the decision to inform parents. He said Hightower conducts quarterly meetings with Keeven, Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz and Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin on the school safety program.
"This epitomizes how serious (Hightower) is about creating a good, safe, healthy environment for our kids, which makes me glad that I'm here," Keeven said.
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