Watertown High School locked down, apparently after teacher finds a bullet

Dan Hausle tweets officials began a "controlled dismissal" of students around 11:45 a.m.

Brianne Dupuis adds:

Watertown High on lockdown since 8:15, no notice to parents, only found out from my cousin who is there!

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      Bullet?

      Bullets are useless. You can't even load them in a gun unless you're loading a muzzle-loader (musket, old rifle).

      Or did they find a cartridge? Then, did they find a full cartridge or just the spent shell?

      Nope...still cartridges

      Cartridges have a primer cap at the back end that the hammer of the gun hits to ignite the propellant (usually gunpowder) that is kept inside the shell or case which is capped at the other end by the bullet, the shard of metal that goes flying when you fire. Unless you're pouring the black powder into the gun yourself, you're loading a cartridge, not a bullet.

      We haven't even touched on magazines versus clips. Just know that if someone says "clip" these days they are almost always wrong. Think of that this way: clips just hold a few cartridges together, like a paper clip loosely holds a few papers together. Magazines hold cartridges together inside an outer box, like a magazine full of pages inside an outer cover. If you have cartridges inside of a metal box that lets them slide out one at a time into a single chamber, that's a magazine. If you are speed loading a revolver with something that holds 6 cartridges in the right orientation to quickly load the revolving chambers all at once, that's a clip.

      A Bullet Shutting Down a School

      I can't help but notice the comparison of the bullet versus the bomb threat Harvard recently received. Both caused major disruption, but I suspect the bullet will be much harder to trace unless there's a camera right on the spot found. Meanwhile that (former?) Harvard student didn't realize they can notice him download the program that mask his IP. Of course, the bullet could have easily been entirely ignored too.