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Ammunition found in stairwell, hallway of Turner school

Tripp Middle School remained open but in "hold" status throughout the day as detectives investigated.

TURNER, Maine — Detectives spent much of Wednesday at Tripp Middle School in Turner after four .22-caliber bullets were found in a stairwell and hallway of the building.

Deputies from the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office were called to the school at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday and spent most of the day conducting interviews and viewing surveillance footage, according to Martin Fournier, public information officer for the sheriff's department.

Some students were searched because they were in classes in the area where the bullets were found, Principal Jana Mates told parents in a letter.

"We have absolutely no threat of violence to any staff members or students," Fournier said. "The school did an excellent job of securing their environment."

The school was not in a "lockdown," but were held in their first period class for an extended time, during which they were given breakfast and checked on by counselors and administrators, Mates wrote. During the afternoon, staff and students had "an open and honest conversation" about the day's events.

No suspects have been identified and no charges have been filed, he said.

MSAD 52 Superintendent Cari Medd told NEWS CENTER Maine that she was proud of staff and students for how they handled such a stressful morning.

"Our staff was able to provide comfort to their students and our students followed directions and listened to their teachers," she said.

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