GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous, unrelated story.
UPDATE: Garfield Heights police tell 3News a school bus driver notified school security after finding a bullet underneath one of the seats Monday morning. Additionally, the bus driver saw the student who was sitting in that particular seat, throw something out in the trash can outside of the school, police said.
When school security officers checked the trash can, they found a handgun magazine, loaded with four rounds, police said.
"The school was immediately placed in lockdown and the students involved were identified and detained. No firearm was ever seen or found. The on-scene investigation was concluded and will be forwarded to our juvenile detective bureau for review of charges. Middle School students were then dismissed for the day," Garfield Heights police said in a statement.
Students at Garfield Heights Middle School have been dismissed for the remainder of Monday, October 3 following a lockdown situation at the school.
According to the Garfield Heights School District, students are being sent home so that "the Garfield Heights Police Department can thoroughly complete their safety and security assessment of the building." A lockdown procedure was put into effect before the start of the school day following the identification of contraband outside the building.
Students who walk or traditionally ride the bus to school will be transported home by busses. Additionally, if they choose to, parents can pick up their child beginning at 9 a.m.
The district says that dismissal will follow as orderly a process as possible and that students riding the bus can expect to arrive home within the next several hours. The district added that students who have extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
"Thank you for your patience, and for supporting the Garfield Heights City Schools, to ensure the safety and security of everyone," the district wrote.
This is a developing story. Please stick with 3News for the latest.
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