St. Charles East student finds bullet at Norris Rec Center

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 6:49 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles East High School student getting ready for a swim lesson Thursday afternoon found a bullet in the Norris Recreation Center changing area, St. Charles School District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann said.

“It did not disrupt the day for students,” Schlomann said. “School’s on for tomorrow.”

Because the Norris Recreation Center is used by both East students and members of the community, Schlomann said it was difficult to trace the origin of the .22 caliber short round.

“There’s been so many people through that locker room today, including adults there this morning,” Schlomann said, noting it could have easily fallen out of a pocket while someone changed clothes. “It’s really difficult for us to determine anything.”

The freshman gave the round to a staff member after finding it below his locker at the beginning of sixth period, Schlomann said.

A thorough search of the area was conducted, and nothing else was found, St. Charles police said in a press release. Schlomann said the student who discovered the ammunition also was interviewed, and it was clear he just found it.

“It did not warrant, from our perspective, any further backpack searches,” Schlomann said.

The discovery of a bullet at St. Charles North High School two years ago prompted an early dismissal, as well as backpack and locker searches.

The North situation involved a higher caliber round that could have been used to hurt individuals, Schlomann said, and it was found in an area normally populated by students.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t take it seriously,” Schlomann said of Thursday’s discovery. “We do.”

Extra police patrols were in the area for the school’s dismissal, police said, noting the investigation is ongoing. Those with information should call the St. Charles Police Department at 630-377-4435.

“There are no current threats or any indication of a threat,” police said.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Kane County Chronicle.