Discovery of bullets in Lakeville school prompts lockdown

Susan Parkou Weinstein

Apponequet Regional High School went into a red alert lockdown early this morning after a custodian found six .22-caliber bullets scattered in a busy corridor.

“It’s the most extreme lockdown,” Freetown-Lakeville Superintendent Stephen Furtado said after the 9 a.m. alert was lifted and the school was declared safe. “We move all the kids against the walls and away from the windows. Nobody comes into the building and nobody leaves.”

Lakeville police were immediately called to the scene. They searched the lockers, cut open private locks and checked student backpacks.

They also called in two munitions-sniffing K-9s from the state and Taunton police forces to scour the hallways and classrooms.

The search turned up no further evidence of ammunition or weapons, Furtado said.

“We don’t know the origin of the bullets. We don’t know who did it, and we don’t know why they did it,” he said.

Parents were notified of the action at 9:45 a.m. over an instant alert system. In some cases, they had already been text-messaged by the students.

By the time the lock down was lifted at 11:40 a.m., a flurry of television news crews had descended on the rural school.