Three days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a student in the Bay Area found a bullet on her school bus.
The bus was dropping off kids at three Hillsborough County Schools: Turner Elementary, Wharton High School, and Liberty Middle.
Liberty sixth grader Madelyn Greco was on the bus.
"I got a glimpse of it. It was enough to let me know it was a real bullet," Greco told FOX 13.
Sheriff's deputies and Tampa police officers began searching students, backpacks, and lockers, looking for a gun or any sign of trouble. They questioned kids who were on the bus to see what they knew about the 9mm bullet.
Madelyn texted her mother from the bus. She dropped everything to come get her child.
"My first reaction was panic because of what happened in Connecticut, and Columbine, and Arizona, and just society nowadays. My first reaction was get my keys and go get my baby," said Rita Greco.
The three schools were already on modified lockdown in response to Friday's tragedy. The bullet on the school bus raised tension even more.
"We did not find any other ammunition and there was no indication that there were any weapons either," said Hillsborough Schools Spokesperson Linda Cobbe.
Toward the end of the day, a Wharton student came forward. He said he found the bullet at his apartment complex on the way to the bus, then he put it in his pocket and it fell out.
School administrators haven't decided yet, but say they probably won't discipline the student.
The school district and law enforcement also haven't decided whether the extra security implemented after the school shooting in Connecticut will continue after winter break.
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