Custodian finds ammunition inside elementary school

Parents of students at an elementary school in Johnson County should expect correspondence in the coming days after discarded ammunition was found inside of a trashcan insideĀ  of a school building.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says that deputies were called to Union Elementary School, at 3990 W Division Road, after a staff member at the school reported finding ammunition in a trash can. When a deputy arrived, he reportedly spoke with the school’s principal, as well as the custodian who found the ammunition.

Sheriff Cox says that the custodian reported that he was cleaning a restroom at approximately 9 a.m. Friday. According to the report, the custodian stated that he happened to notice a trashcan, which was no longer in use. Since he couldn’t remember the last time that it was cleaned, the custodian reportedly decided to take a look. As he approached, he told the deputy that he noticed several live pistol rounds at the bottom of the trashcan.

Sheriff Cox says that the rounds were taken by deputies for disposal. He adds that the rounds were placed loose in the trash can and were corroded. Deputies indicated that it appeared that the items were simply thrown away.

The principal told deputies that they have numerous after school activities, including some for adults. It was determined that there was very little chance of finding out who disposed of the items. With that, Sheriff Cox says that the principal decided that a search of the school was not necessary. She reportedly informed the department that a
letter or email will be sent to parents notifying them of the incident.