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Random Drug Sweep at Hoover High Yields No Drugs

North Canton police led K-9 units throughout the entire building Wednesday

Police didn't find any drugs when they conducted a random drug sweep at Wednesday.

The brought in several K-9 units and worked with North Canton City School administration and conducted the random multi-jurisdictional sweep of the entire building, according to a news release from the police department.

The 30-minute canine sweep involved detailed planning to provide a collaborative and proactive approach between the school administrators and the police department, according to the news release. The goal was to successfully locate and remove drugs from the school, to help ensure the safety of the students and staff with minimal disruption to the learning environment.  

The school was placed in a “lockdown” procedure. Staff were able to carry on with their regular classroom activities during that time, but no students were permitted outside the classrooms. K-9s were not used to search people or students.

There were four K-9 alerts on student lockers. No contraband was found. Any drugs found would have been confiscated and the person responsible for it would have been dealt with administratively and could face criminal prosecution.

Police worked with K-9 units from following law enforcement agencies: Canton Police Department, Brimfield Police Department, Navarre Police Department, Massillon Police Department and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff.

jeff January 26, 2012 at 03:32 PM
This is the most recent in numerous K9 sweeps across the country that have found no drugs. It is a sign that when you put a measure in to check these kids, they will be far less likely to bring drugs to school. Myteensavers counselors have seen that if parents employed the same strategy with home drug test kits, kids would be less likely to use on fears they will get caught.
Jillian Galloway January 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
No drugs found so no harm done, right? That's if you don't count the trauma the kids were put though and the feeling of distrust that their parents, police and school imposed on them. I wonder if they're now more or less likely to try drugs in the future?
Holly Pierpont January 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Did the school administration warn the students of the search ahead of time?
Jillian Galloway January 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Drug testing makes kids switch from easy-to-detect drugs like cannabis to hard-to-detect drugs like alcohol, heroin and pharmaceuticals. Cannabis residues take a month to leave the body so they're very easy to detect even weeks after the child last smoked. Alcohol, heroin and pharmaceuticals however leave the body within hours so they're a lot harder for drug testing to find. If you want your child to switch from using a safe and natural drug like cannabis to using addictive and deadly drugs then by all means test them. A far better idea might be to tell them that your test only picks up the dangerous drugs, and then just quietly ignore the cannabis results. Cannabis has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee.
Anne Williams January 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Holly, I was informed that the students were informed weeks ahead of time that there would be a drug sweep so clean up your act. Hmmm no wonder no drugs were found. Doesn't random mean unknown or unpredictable?
Karen Dhyanchand January 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The police should have checked the cars in the parking lot!
Missy Smith January 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Amen Karen! And maybe next time they shouldn't tell the students ahead of time!
Mark February 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Were the offices and belongings and cars of teachers and staff also searched? Because, you know, you might find drugs in those places as well. If you don't want drugs in the school, you need to make sure they aren't found anywhere, and that includes drugs that may be brought in by teachers and administration. I would love to hear the arguments against such a search.

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