Harrah, Okla. – Oklahoma County Bomb Squad was busy at Harrah Middle School Monday morning after a student brought bullets to class.
The child brought three bullets. He did not bring a gun, but it was one bullet in particular that caught the attention of the School District’s Safety Director.
It was a .50 caliber bullet.
“I wouldn’t want my kids around it,” said Helen Tolbert.
A feeling shared by Safety Director Phil Stewart.
“I wanted it out of the building,” said Stewart.
A former marine and former police officer, Stewart knows these .50 calibers are some of the most powerful available to the public. The bullets are fit for a large sniper rifle. They can shoot something from a milie away. He says the bullet the child brought in looked to him like WWII era ammo. So, he called the bomb squad.
“If anything you would have had an explosion risk, and that’s it. But, we didn’t know what was inside that bullet or if it even had an internal core,” said Stewart. “We couldn’t tell just from looking at it.”
Experts at local gun store Locked and Loaded say by the looks of the bullet the child brought in to school, it wouldn’t have caused harm because it wasn’t connected to the gun powder chamber. Someone had alaready fired the round.
Still, Stewart wasn’t going to chance it.
Parents like Tolbert don’t blame him.
Tolbert knows how kids can be drawn to guns and bullets.
Her little one loves his toy pistol. She says she is always preaching firearm safety in her home.
Which is why she and her husband, Mitchell Tomlinson, wonder how the kid got his hands on the ammo.
“I mean they should have been in a safe spot,” said Tomlinson.
The police are now investigating to find out how the child got a hold of the bullets.
The school policy says it is against the rules for a child to bring ammo to school. However, it does not mention ammunition that has already been used.
It is unclear what punishment the boy will face.