UPDATE: Classes were dismissed shortly after noon to allow police to sweep the campus. University Park Police Capt. Leon Holman refuted rumors that an arrest had been made in connection with the bullets or suspicious notes and said the investigation is ongoing.
Highland Park High School is on lockdown after a box of .22-caliber bullets was found on campus Wednesday morning. Parents and students were alerted of the news via a text message at 10:45 am. The bullets were found in a boys' bathroom; police are investigating the incident, the message said.
The bullets are the latest strike in a series of escalating actions at Highland Park High. The school was evacuated on Tuesday at 11 am when a threatening letter was found on campus. There have been four such missives in 2013, and police have twice combed school grounds for weapons or bombs.
But this is the first time that bullets — or any harmful item — has been found.
Tuesday night's athletic events at Highland Park High School were canceled or moved as a precaution, but classes resumed on Wednesday. In an email to parents, HPISD said students are not being released at this time.
Dear HPISD Parents & Staff,
Highland Park High School is in lockdown after a box of .22-caliber shells were found in a boys bathroom. Police are investigating. Students are not being released at this time.
HPISD will continue to update parents, students and staff through its emergency text-message system, email, and posts on the district website.