Garfield Heights Middle School students dismissed Monday following lockdown

Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 9:39 AM EDT
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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Students at Garfield Heights Middle School were sent home Monday morning after a report of “contraband outside of the school building” prompted a lockdown.

According to Garfield Heights police, a bus driver reported finding a bullet below a bus seat after the students had exited.

The bus driver also witnessed the student who’d been sitting in the seat throw something away in a trashcan outside the school building, officers said.

Garfield Heights City Schools security checked the trash around 8 a.m. and found “a handgun magazine loaded with 4 rounds,” which prompted a lockdown of the middle school, according to police.

The school district shared at 9:30 a.m. that students were being dismissed for police to complete a safety and security assessment.

Officers said no gun was ever seen or found, and the involved students were detained.

The juvenile detective bureau will review any possible charges.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.