No Threat to Schools after Chelmsford Police Department Investigates Bullet Fragment Found on Sidewalk Near Byam Elementary School

Chelmsford Police Department
Chief James M. Spinney
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Chelmsford Police Department Investigates  after Bullet Fragment Found on Sidewalk Near Byam Elementary School

The real slug (top) was attached to an empty brass casing and made into a keychain that was owned by a student at the Byam Elementary School in Chelmsford. Officials have discussed the appropriateness of such a keychain with the student after the slug broke off on Wednesday and was found on a sidewalk outside the school by a custodian. (Chelmsford Police Department/Courtesy Photo)
The real slug (top) was attached to an empty brass casing and made into a keychain that was owned by a student at the Byam Elementary School in Chelmsford. Officials have discussed the appropriateness of such a keychain with the student after the slug broke off on Wednesday and was found on a sidewalk outside the school by a custodian. (Chelmsford Police Department/Courtesy Photo)

CHELMSFORD — Chief James Spinney reports that the Chelmsford Police Department responded this morning to the Byam Elementary School after a custodian found what appeared to be a bullet slug in a crack of the sidewalk near the school.

Upon arrival, an officer was informed that a custodian had found the item in a sidewalk crack near the main entrance. The item appeared to be a .308 hunting rifle slug.

As officers were conducting an investigation this afternoon, a student at the school reported to the administration that he owned a keychain with a bullet attached, but that the top/slug portion was missing. Officers were able to match the item found on the sidewalk to the keychain. The keychain consisted of a real bullet slug and a brass casing, but it had no gunpowder or means of firing the projectile whatsoever.

There is no danger to the schools or greater community, and there have been no threats of any kind.

Chief Spinney has been in regular contact with Chelmsford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Lang and Byam School Principal Jason N. Fredette over the course of this investigation.

Police and school officials have discussed the appropriateness of such a keychain with the student. No charges will be filed.

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