For the second day in a row, investigators in Hillsborough County are questioning students and searching schools after bullets were found on a school bus.
According to school officials, an eighth grader from Greco Middle School turned over two bullets to his bus driver this morning after he said he found them on the bus floor. Students were held on the bus when it arrived at school while school security and Temple Terrace police officers removed them one-by-one to question them and search their backpacks.
No weapons or additional bullets were found.
Because the bus also serves Freedom High and Chiles Elementary, school security contacted Tampa police and talked to students who rode that bus. Those students' belongings were also searched.
The schools were in lockdown during that time, but the lockdown was lifted before noon without any other weapons found.
Yesterday, a bullet was found on a bus heading for Turner Elementary, Wharton High, and Liberty Middle schools. Police and deputies spent the day searching the schools and talking with students before a Wharton student 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 officials Tuesday said it was probably a student trying to pull a prank.
"Sadly, when people are on edge, there are some kids who, for getting attention or something, see that as an opportunity to really get some attention, and we think that's probably what happened here," said Steve Hegarty of the Hillsborough County School District. "That's the worst time to do any sort of a prank. There's never a good time, but that's the worst time to do it because everyone is very much on edge right now."
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