Found Bullets Fell From Student’s Backpack, No Charges Filed, Cops Say

All firearms and ammunition at student's home accounted for and secured, police report.

Three bullets found on the sidewalk between Flocktown and Kossmann school buildings Monday morning fell out of a specific student’s backpack, Washington Township police said.

During morning arrival at the two-building campus, a student came across a bullet lying on the sidewalk and brought it to the main office just before 8 a.m., Lt. Mark Niemynski said.

An ensuing investigation led to the schools being put in a shelter-in-place safety procedure as police and K-9 units canvassed the area. At that point two more of the same caliber bullets – .40 caliber Smith and Wesson – were found in the vicinity, Niemynski said.

The bullets were specifically rounds used for pest control, Niemynski said.

Detectives investigating the incident were able to determine the ammunition had fallen through a specific student’s backpack, Niemynski said. The investigation revealed the same ammunition was present at the student’s residence, Niemynski said.

A search of the home found all firearms there were accounted for, secure and inaccessible, Niemynski said. There was no conclusive proof that ammunition was intentionally brought to school property, Niemynski said.

Superintendent Jeff Mohre released numerous statements to the community this week reassuring residents that the school was never in danger and that safety is a top priority always.

No criminal charges are being pressed in the matter. 

Request for comment from Mohre, Assistant Superintendent Rick Papera, and Flocktown-Kossmann Principal Michael Craver was not immediately returned Friday. 

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Chuck Ruff June 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM
This is exactly why we can’t have blind faith in our PD. The fact that .40 caliber S & W rounds may have been procured for the purpose of ‘pest control’ does not make them any less dangerous to human beings. I’m very curious of the relevance to Lt. Niemynski’s statement.
Forhonor June 21, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Probably pistol caliber shotshells, useful for dealing with small varmints ie rats squirrels chipmunks etc. I'm glad it didn't get blown way up, LV is still in America!
Dad June 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Can't wait to see what this kid brings to middle school next year.
Paula Henn June 22, 2014 at 09:43 AM
>40 S&W rounds for pest control, Obviously I cant' say for sure, but perhaps they were "snake shot" rounds. These are in effect very small shotshells with limited range and power.
Keith N June 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM
The ammunition should be locked up as the weapons are. Why does this child have access to the ammo? Why did this child take the ammo to school? Is the ammunition accounted for because they found the 3 stray rounds at the elementary SCHOOL? Why is no one being charged with anything?


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