Wednesday, December 6, 2006
A custodian at Wellesley Middle School found “live” ammunition near the school’s auditorium at about 4:15 p.m. yesterday, setting off searches by police and prompting school officials to schedule a briefing for parents at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.
In an email to parents today, Middle School Principal John D’Auria told parents that two 9mm bullets were found and that “they were not ornamental but genuine.” School was not held today.
D’Auria said he contacted Wellesley police as soon as the custodian turned them over to him and that the “police department conducted a search of the building late last night with a dog that is trained to detect nitrates.” Nitrates are a telltale sign of gunpowder.
Police refused to comment, calling it a "school department issue."