Bullet found on bus prompts lockdown at Burrillville schools


BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — Burrillville Middle and High Schools were placed on lockdown Friday morning after a piece of live ammunition was found on a school bus.

A bus driver found the .45 caliber bullet around 7:30 a.m. while performing a check of the bus after the morning drop-off, according to Cliff Gibson, chief operating officer of DATTCO, the school district’s bus company.

Burrillville police and the school department were notified and the lockdown was issued at about 7:55 a.m.

A message from the Burrillville School Department informed parents of the lockdown and stated, “all students and staff are safe and there have been no incidents at either school site.”

Both middle and high school students ride the bus on which the bullet was found, Gibson said.

The lockdown was lifted at about 10:20 a.m. after Burrillville police concluded their investigation.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Michael Sollitto said no weapons were found in either school, no specific threats were made, and no students or staff were in any danger.

“While this was an unfortunate incident that caused a disruption to the school day, we take comfort in knowing that police and school staff worked collaboratively to ensure all students and staff were safe,” Sollitto wrote.

The superintendent also said there will be an increased police presence at each school for the rest of the day out of an abundance of caution.

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