Boy, 10, takes bullets to Melbourne school

4th-grader sent home, may face 10-day suspension

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MELBOURNE, Fla. - Three bullets were seized Tuesday from a 10-year-old boy who took the ammunition to a Melbourne elementary school, police said.

The fourth-grader at University Park Elementary "came to school with three 9 mm bullets," Melbourne police Sgt. Sheridan Shelley told Local 6 News partner Florida Today. "Upon interviewing the child about the bullets, he claimed he found them on the way to school, on the road."

Other classmates saw the bullets and reported the student to school staff, police said. Officers were called and there was no disruption to school activities.

Michelle Irwin, a spokeswoman for Brevard Public Schools, said the student found the ammunition at a bus stop.

"He's been sent home for the day," she said. "Our standard protocol is this could be an up to 10-day suspension."

Police said the boy will not be charged in the incident.

The school principal will do an investigation, as well as decide if parents should be notified of the incident. Irwin said the incident didn't warrant emergency phone call notifications.

Officials said the other classmates acted appropriately.

"The classmates that reported it to school staff did the right thing," Shelley said. "That's what should be stressed: the vigilance and being aware. If something is seen that is out of place, it should be reported."

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