December 19, 2014

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Ammunition found on Westlake school bus

This round for a semiautomatic handgun was found on a Westlake Schools bus Wednesday morning. PHOTO PROVIDED

This round for a semiautomatic handgun was found on a Westlake school bus Wednesday morning. PHOTO PROVIDED

Police are investigating after a round for a semiautomatic handgun was found on a Westlake City Schools bus.

A bus driver found a cartridge for a .380 automatic firearm on the floor of a bus while sweeping after the morning run on Wednesday. The bus carries students from Lee Burneson Middle School and Parkside Intermediate School.

All students who rode that bus either at dismissal on Tuesday or on Wednesday morning were interviewed by Westlake Police, and their lockers were checked by school staff. No weapon was found, and no one professed any knowledge of the incident, according to Police Capt. Guy Turner.

Parents who have that caliber ammunition in the home are urged to check that it is properly secured. Additionally, Westlake police are encouraging parents to have a serious talk with their children about the incident and gun safety.

Anonymous tips about this incident, or any Westlake school safety issue, can be called into the Safe Schools Helpline at (440) 250-1199,