.50-caliber bullet recovered from student on bus

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By Shannon Brock

What started as an attempt to show his buddies something “cool,” ended in a trip to the principal’s office and a visit from the police for one Spencer County Elementary second-grader last week.

Last Wednesday, during the morning bus routes, the Taylorsville Police Department received a phone call from a concerned bus driver, Lt. Rick Jewell said.
Another passenger on the bus had told the driver that a young student had what turned out to be a .50-caliber bullet.
After confirming the student had no other ammunition or weapons, the bus driver called the police department and asked for someone to meet the bus at the school.
Jewell said the bus was cleared and he accompanied the student to the principal’s office.
The student told Jewell and Principal Dale Kleinjan that he had been to Knob Creek Gun Range with his father and that his father had given him the bullet, which is nearly 6 inches long, as a sort of souvenir.
The student, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, told Jewell that neither of his parents knew he brought the bullet to school.
“We talked to him and told him, ‘you can’t be bringing that to school,’” Jewell said. “I think he wanted to show his buddies. There was no [negative] intent.”
Jewell said the bullet itself did not present any danger.
The bullet is one that could be used in a .50-caliber sniper rifle or in a machine gun on a military tank, Chief Toby Lewis said.
Neither the child or his parents are facing any charges, although Jewell said he would caution parents against giving their young children potentially dangerous items.
“I don’t know if I’d give [a .50-caliber bullet] to a second-grader,” Jewell said. “It’s a little early.”
Jewell advises parents to have conversations with their children about what is and isn’t appropriate to take to school.
With all of the situations in the world today, parents have to think a little further out, Jewell said.
“You’ve got to be specific,” he said.
Jewell said the student ended up in tears and had no idea he had done anything wrong.
“I feel sorry for the young man,” Jewell said. “But he’ll know better from now on.”