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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.

— “Even though this occurred in the high school, we locked down both buildings because we didn’t want any traffic going back and forth,” Dubik said.

“We decided as precautionary measure only to lock the school down, basically a stay in place,” Hayes said. “It was not an active shooter lockdown.”

By about 9:05 a.m., the district posted information about the lockdown on its website and both Schnabl and middle school Principal Jean Regan recorded emergency voicemail messages informing district parents of what was occurring, which were sent out to home telephones, cell phones and emails.

Hayes contacted the Utica and Syracuse city police departments and requested K9 dogs to come and investigate the buildings. Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputies also arrived on scene.

While waiting for the K9 units to arrive, district administrators heard “a couple of names come up” of students who may have picked up the bullets. They investigated and interviewed a few students but no specific information was discovered.

At about 10:15 a.m., a student told Schnabl that he had found the bullets on the floor, “knew they should not have been there,” picked them up and flushed them down a toilet. Administrators and Cazenovia police believed the information to be credible, but, since the K9 units were already on their way to the school, they decided to continue the lockdown and follow through with the investigation. The three K9 units did a locker and room-by-room search of the building and found no evidence of ammunition or weapons.

“Had there been any ammunition, the dogs would have found it,” Dubik said.

By 11:20 a.m., the lockdown was ended and students were permitted to start their lunch periods; and by 12:15 p.m. the investigation was completed. Students resumed their lunch schedule and all students were released on time. Parents who wanted to take their children home before the end of the school day — but after the lockdown was over — were allowed to do so.

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