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Bullets found in hallway prompt high school, middle school lockdown

Students never in danger; police, district pleased with overall emergency response

Cazenovia Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to Cazenovia High School last Friday in response to two .22 caliber bullets being found in a second-floor hallway. K9 units from Utica police and Syracuse City police were called in to do a room-to-room and locker search for weapons or ammunition, and found neither.

Cazenovia Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to Cazenovia High School last Friday in response to two .22 caliber bullets being found in a second-floor hallway. K9 units from Utica police and Syracuse City police were called in to do a room-to-room and locker search for weapons or ammunition, and found neither.

— Two days after the Cazenovia high school and middle school buildings endured a three-hour lockdown when live bullets were found in a high school hallway and later flushed down a toilet, local police and school district officials still don’t know how or why the bullets got into the school and ended up on the floor — what they all agree on, however, is that there were no guns involved, no malicious intent has been discovered, no students were in immediate danger and the overall situation was handled well by district staff and local police.

“No doubt it was nerve-racking for parents, but in the end our plan in this situation really worked well … I’m proud of the way the school, the administration and teachers, handled the situation,” said district Superintendent Bob Dubik. “Parents need to know that as inconvenient as this was, the school takes this seriously. We take seriously the safety of everybody involved and we’ll do what we need to do to ensure that.”

According to both Dubik and Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes, the situation began at about 8:15 a.m. Last Friday, April 4, when two high school students reported to high school Principal Eric Schnabl that they had seen two bullets — believed to be live .22 caliber rounds — lying in a second floor high school hallway outside a classroom. The students went to inform Schnabl of what they had found, and when he arrived at the scene the bullets were gone.

At about 8:30 a.m. the school called Hayes, he arrived on the scene and by 8:45 a.m. both the middle and high schools — which are connected in one building — were put on lockdown as a precautionary measure, meaning all building access doors were locked, nobody was allowed in or out and all students were told to stay in the classrooms they were currently in.

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