Live ammo found in middle school restroom prompts lockdown

Police in Rhode Island say live ammunition has been discovered by a custodian in a middle school boys’ restroom.

Woonsocket Middle School, right outside Providence, was put on lockdown Friday afternoon after the discovery.

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas F. Oates III says a custodian was checking the restroom shortly before school dismissal when she found small-caliber ammunition. She immediately brought it to the principal’s office.

The Providence Journal reports a teenage girl said she saw a possible shooter but later recanted her story. The girl was overheard by a teacher saying she saw someone on a footbridge reaching into a backpack. That also prompted the lockdown.

Most students had already left the school as police conducted a room-by-room search.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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