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Collinsville Middle School briefly locked down Wednesday

Collinsville Middle School was briefly in a “soft lockdown” Wednesday morning after a bullet was found on the floor.

Collinsville Unit 10 spokeswoman Kim Collins said the bullet was found on the floor in the hallway early Wednesday morning and was turned over to school administrators. In consultation with the school resource officer, the administration decided on a “soft lockdown,” in which students are kept in the classrooms while they investigated.

Collins said the student responsible for the bullet was quickly identified by interviews with other students. He was removed from class and interviewed. No other bullets and no weapon was found, Collins said.

In this case, the way this transpired is exactly the way it should transpire: Someone saw something inappropriate, and it was turned over to administrators.

Kim Collins, Unit 10 spokeswoman

Collins said it was too early to know why the male student had brought the bullet to school or whether any disciplinary action would take place.

“The safety and security of students is the top priority in any of these situations,” Collins said. “In this case, the way this transpired is exactly the way it should transpire: Someone saw something inappropriate, and it was turned over to administrators.”

In a message to parents, principal Kimberly Jackson let them know that all students were safe and credited the “citizenship of the student body” for quick identification of the individual responsible.

“That’s the most we can hope for, that students do what they are asked to do: Speak up and tell the truth,” Collins said.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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