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Bullet found on school bus in Park Forest

Updated: February 20, 2013 7:27PM



Students who ride a school bus on which a bullet was found earlier this month are being interviewed by detectives trying to determine where the live round came from, Park Forest Deputy Police Chief Mike McNamara said Wednesday.

A 10-year-old girl found the live round underneath her shoe while riding the bus Feb. 5 to Mohawk School, 301 Mohawk St., Park Forest. When she arrived at the school, she gave the bullet to the building manager, police said.

The case is a difficult one because the bus serves multiple school districts and parental permission is needed to talk to children who ride the bus, police said.

McNamara said it was the first time a bullet was found on a school bus in his 30-plus years with the police department. He said he doubts the bullet could have gone off if a student stomped on it or accidentally dropped a bookbag on it.

That said, a bullet on a school bus is still a cause for alarm, he said.

“A bullet in the hands of someone who shouldn’t be using it could be dangerous,” McNamara said.

The bus picks up 15 third- through sixth-graders from the west side of the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Chicago Heights, police said.

No further evidence was discovered on the bus, and the bus driver told police she did not hear or see anything suspicious during her morning bus route, police said.

The principal at Mohawk School directed questions to Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 Supt. Joyce Carmine, who did not respond to multiple messages left Wednesday afternoon.



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