J.P. King locked down after bullets found

Published 9:01 am Friday, January 29, 2010

FRANKLIN—Police officers and school officials were at J.P. King Middle School on Thursday, trying to determine who brought two 9 mm bullets to school and forced a lockdown the day before.

Franklin City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle said Thursday that two 9 mm bullets were found in the school’s seventh-grade wing at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday. One bullet was found in a bathroom and a second was found in a hallway.

The school was immediately locked down, Belle said.

“The police were called immediately,” Belle said. “They came and conducted a search of students, (school) areas, lockers, book bags and did not find anything else.”

Belle said police investigators led the search of the school and concluded it in time for students to be dismissed at the regular time, 2:35 p.m.

On Thursday morning, three Franklin Police cars were seen in the parking lot at J.P. King.

“The kids went through metal detectors this morning, and we searched students and book bags,” Belle said. “We didn’t find anything, and thank God for that. We’re looking through things and making sure that nothing was missed.”

She said she believes a student was responsible for bringing the bullets to school.

“We’re talking to kids and I’m sure we will know by the end of the day who did it,” Belle said, adding that whomever was responsible faces immediate expulsion from the school division.

“We’re very concerned, but (Principal Rodney Berry) handled it wonderfully,” Belle said. “I commend the Franklin City Police Department for being here yesterday and again today. The teachers have been awesome and have been working with us. School is going on as usual. We’re all here, and we’re working on it.”