Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon and Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak report that police responded to an elementary school in town today after a student found a bullet casing on school grounds.
On Monday, June 6, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Whitman-Hanson School Resource Officer Kevin Harrington received a call from Duval Assistant Principal Dan Mulhall, who informed him that a student at the John H. Duval Elementary School had found a bullet casing on the playground moments earlier.
The student who found the casing showed it to Assistant Principal Mulhall, who immediately notified Principal Darlene Foley and contacted SRO Harrington. Whitman Police quickly arrived on scene, as did members of Whitman-Hanson administration.
The item found was determined to be a small, rusted, broken piece of a .32 caliber bullet casing. The casing appeared to be old.
Whitman Police and Whitman-Hanson administrators consulted and decided that there was no need to disrupt the school day as a result, however Whitman Police continue to investigate. Police spoke to the student who found the casing, as well as the student’s parent, as part of their investigation.
“I commend the student for doing the right thing by bringing the casing to an adult immediately and administrators and officers for efficiently working together to determine that there was no threat present as a result,” Chief Hanlon said.