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Another bag of bullets found at Boston Latin Academy, officials say

Boston Police officers arrived to search Boston Latin Academy after a bag of bullets were found at the school on May 3, 2022.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A bag of bullets was found at Boston Latin Academy on Friday, Boston police said. It was the second time ammunition turned up at the school in a span of two months.

“Incidents like this are jarring to all of us, and understandably many members of our community - students, families, staff, and leadership - are concerned about the implications of this discovery,” Head of School Gavin Smith wrote in a letter addressed to the school community that was obtained by the Globe.

Officer Kim Tavares, a Boston police spokeswoman, said a parent volunteer discovered the small bag containing “a few rounds” of ammunition while doing end-of-the-school-year cleanup. “There were no children in school,” at the time, she said.


No weapons were found, she said.

According to the police report, the four rounds of ammunition were found by the parent volunteer in the cafeteria. Police then conducted a sweep of the school cafeteria and surrounding areas, “which produced no additional ballistic or firearm evidence,” police wrote in the report.

In his letter to the school community, Smith said the discovery was made during a staff appreciation event that took place Friday at noon.

“There were no students on campus during this time,” Smith wrote. “Upon receiving the information, we worked with BPS Safety Services and others to ensure the safety of our staff. This information was immediately shared with our school safety officer located within the building. Upon receiving this information, BPS Safety Services was notified and worked with Boston Police. The investigation is ongoing.”

This was not the first time ammunition has been found at Boston Latin Academy, as a small plastic bag containing bullets was found at the school back in May.

In that incident, officers responded to Boston Latin Academy, located at 205 Townsend St., at 1:52 p.m. May 3 for a report of found bullets in a bag. Boston Public Schools officials said the bag was discovered at the school’s loading dock after students had been dismissed for the day, so the school didn’t have to go into safe mode.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.