Bullets found in Tremont High School

By Audrey Wise

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM CDT

TREMONT, Ill. -- Tremont students are safe Friday after the school was put on lockdown for several hours.

School officials say six, live .22 caliber bullets were found in a High School hallway shortly after classes started Friday morning.

The school was immediately put on lockdown. Tremont Police as well as Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputies and Illinois State Police worked for several hours to clear the building, students, lockers and parking lots.

Officials said in today's society this cannot be taken lightly.

Tremont Superintendent Jeff Hinman said, "Whether this was a accident and something that just a hunter forgot or a shooter forgot, a target shooter, we just can't have these kinds of accidents anymore."

Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce said, "With things that happened around the country we take every one of these situations very seriously and we treat them as if it is a true emergency and we will continue to do that."

Police continue to investigate how the bullets got there and who put them there.

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