Bullets brought to a Calgary elementary school have prompted a reminder from school board officials about the proper storage of guns and ammunition.
No students were injured after two boys in Grade 5 at Silver Springs School brought at least one live round and several shell casings to school earlier this week.
According to the Calgary Herald, the live bullet was sold to another student.
School principal Deb Huitema sent a letter home to parents, indicating officials had talked to students following the incident about the potential dangers of ammunition, reports CBC Calgary.
"This is a great opportunity for those of you who do have guns/ammunition in the home to reassess your security," she wrote.
According to the Calgary Sun, Huitema also assured parents at no time were children ever in danger and reminded students that personal items are not to be sold at school, unless they fall under a school-approved campaign.
Barb Mullie, a parent with two children enrolled at Silver Springs, questions what could have happened if the boys had brought more than ammunition on school ground.
"If the kids are bringing the ammo to school, how are they getting a hold of it and what about the gun that goes with it? Is it as equally available to them and is that the next step?" she asked CBC in an interview.
"What's wrong with parents that they don't have the ammo locked up? How did these kids get their hands on it?"
The Calgary Board of Education issued a statement Wednesday, saying the families of the boys had been contacted and the school says the students will face consequences at school and at home.
"The school principal acted promptly to deal with the situation once she became aware of the circumstances," said the board in a statement.
Mullie, however, wonders why it was parents, and not the school that contacted police over the matter.
She told the Calgary Sun her friend called police to ask about the incidents but was told there was no file open on the matter.
“It doesn’t seem like (the incidents) are being taken seriously enough," she said.
Sgt. Duane Lepchuk with Calgary police said investigators are working to determine whether the ammunition was properly stored in the home from which it was taken, but assured there were no firearms in the house.
"The school, police and parents are working together to ensure that the students involved in this understand the seriousness of bringing live ammunition to school," he told the Herald.
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