The Woodland School in East Hartford was briefly locked down Friday. (WFSB photo)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Students and staff at a school in East Hartford received a scare Friday morning when a student came to class with rounds of ammunition on him and caused the school to go into lockdown, according to police.
Police said it happened at the Woodland School on Long Hill Drive just before 8 a.m. The lockdown lasted a brief time.
The student was said to have several rounds of ammunition for a small caliber handgun.
About half a dozen officers said they searched the building inside and out, but found no additional rounds or weapons. They gave the all clear about an hour afterward. They said classes resumed around 9 a.m.
A letter was sent home to parents explaining what happened. The principal said in the letter the students were never in any danger and safety is their main concern.
"I can't even express the words," said parent Camille Smith, who was picking up her son on Friday. "And I don't even have a student here, terrified."
Students will be dismissed early on Friday and parents have been notified about the dismissal time.
"It's terrible," Smith said. "My heart is like pumping right now."
Investigators were continuing to look into the incident and called the lockdown a precaution.
There was no word on the age or grade of the male student who was found with the bullets. Police said he was given a juvenile summons for breach of peace.
The Woodland School is a small Kindergarten through 12th-grade program, according to its website. Nearly 200 students attend it.
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