Can a hunting preserve and an elementary school make good neighbors?

HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Majorie Line was home when a bullet came crashing through the wall of her Hartland Township home.

Her son wondered, could the bullet have come from the Variety Farms Hunting Preserve  behind Round elementary school across the street?

"It really could have come from anywhere," said Line.

People started hearing about what happened at Marjorie's home, and got worried. At Tuesday night's town meeting they asked, can a hunting preserve and a school make good neighbors?

Hartland Township Planning Director Dave Campbell says he has heard from concerned residents.

"They raised concerns about gunshots and the proximity to the school," said Campbell.

 He says the township looked into the situation, and found the preserve is following all state regulations.

"I am a mom, and I have two kids at Round Elementary," said Terrah Bulloch.

Bulloch has a strong opinion about the preserve.  It is her family's preserve.

"We make sure it is safe," she said.

7 Action News reached out to the school's principal, and the superintendent, but they did not return our calls.

Bulloch says the preserve doesn't allow any hunting within a half mile of the school.  Signs are posted to make sure hunters keep their distance.

As for the bullet hole that raised these concerns,  Bulloch says it wasn't shot by any hunters on their property following their rules.  They only allow bird shot.

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