Miami-Dade County

Bullet found inside special ed classroom, hours after lockdown lifted for Kendall schools

At least one bullet was found inside an empty special education classroom Friday, hours after two lockdowns were lifted in Kendall, school officials said.

According to Miami-Dade County spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, it’s still unclear if more than one bullet was found, but that there could be more.

On Friday morning, a school resource officer at Ruth Owens Kruse Educational Center in Kendall reported hearing gunfire coming from nearby Kendall Indian Hammocks Park. The officer notified police and a squad was sent to investigate. The nearby Terra Environmental Research Institute was also placed on lock down.

After police found nothing to support the initial call, the lock downs were lifted. However, when a teacher returned to her empty classroom hours later, she discovered a broken window and bullet, according to Miami-Dade County Schools police.

“Thanks to a miracle and timing, students today were spared being victims of gun violence,” posted school superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho on Twitter late Friday. “ Projectile striking a window of an empty classroom where, only moments before, students sat. Sad day when community issues penetrate our schools and disrupt the sanctity of teaching and learning.”

“Police are still examining what they found,” said school police spokesman John Schuster.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Chuck Rabin contributed to this report.