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Student, 18, admits taking bullet onto Hillsborough bus

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 06:12 PM
TAMPA -

A Wharton High School student said this afternoon that he found a bullet in his apartment complex and it fell out of his pocket on a bus, according to the Hillsborough County School District.

The 18-year-old male student told the school resource deputy where the bullet came from, the school district said.

The student did not have a weapon nor any intention for anything illegal, so he is not expected to be charged in the incident, according to the school district.

No weapons were found at any of the three schools involved in the investigation after the bullet was found this morning.

Turner Elementary, Liberty Middle and Wharton High – all of which are served by bus No. 5014 -- were given the all-clear.

All of the students who rode that bus today to those three schools were interviewed. Law enforcement officials also searched backpacks and lockers.

The incident came on the first day back to school after Friday's deadly school shooting of 26 people in Connecticut. There was an increased law enforcement presence at all schools in Hillsborough County.

All Hillsborough public schools are operating under modified lockdown procedures as a safety precaution and to provide an extra sense of security for students, staff, and parents. That means recess and other outdoor activities are allowed.

There have been no threats against any schools, the district said.

The bullet was found on the floor of the bus by a middle school student on the way to Liberty. The girl picked it up off the floor because she thought it was a battery, said district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.

The student gave the bullet to the bus driver, who then pulled off the side of the road to assess the situation. The driver continued on to school and turned the bullet over to authorities at Liberty, 17400 Commerce Park Blvd.

Liberty students were the last group to use that bus, Cobbe said.

Because the three schools involved were in different jurisdictions, the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were investigating.

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