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Bullets found on another Hillsborough school bus

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 06:22 PM
TAMPA -

For the second day in a row, bullets have been found on a Hillsborough County school bus, officials said.

This morning, two bullets were discovered on a bus that serves Greco Middle and Freedom High schools.

An eighth-grader from Greco gave the bus driver two bullets that he said he found on the floor. When the bus arrived at school, students were held on the bus and then removed individually for questioning by school district security and Temple Terrace police officers.

Backpacks also were searched. No weapons were found.

Students who rode the same bus earlier to Freedom also are being pulled out of class and questioned by Tampa police. That school was on lockdown as the investigation continued, but the lockdown was lifted shortly before noon.

This incident comes the day after a bullet was found on a bus that served Turner Elementary, Liberty Middle and Wharton High schools. A student from Wharton admitted he had found the bullet in a parking lot before getting onboard and put it in his pocket.

Students at those schools were questioned and searched. The student was not expected to be charged because he showed no intent to do anything illegal.

The discovery of the bullets on buses comes amid heightened security at all Hillsborough County schools in the wake of the deadly school shooting Friday in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were gunned down last week.

Tampa police and Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies, in addition to school district security officers, are at all schools this week.


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