Today, the Harbinger posted news on a drug sweep at Algonquin Regional High School. The school paper reported that the sweep took place in early December.
It didn’t make headlines in local media, because there was nothing bad to report. The sweep was considered a success – not for finding drugs, but for finding not “much of anything.”
The Harbinger posted:
Three narcotic-detecting German shepherds searched the school’s lockers, athletic locker rooms, and parking lot for drug-related contraband on December 5, leading to what school officials described as “very encouraging” results.
Although school officials declined to provide details on what exactly the dogs found, Principal Thomas Mead said that the investigation “didn’t find much of anything,” similar to the results of the two dog searches conducted last school year. Mead said that although a few students were questioned, the investigation showed that drugs were largely absent from school grounds.
“The overwhelming majority of our students understand that drugs don’t belong on campus,” said Mead. “I’m delighted that we have a drug free campus.”. . .
According to [School Resource Officer Jeremy] Trefry, all student discipline resulting from the search was handled by the school. Although police were involved in conducting the search, there was no police punishment.
“My goal isn’t to get kids in trouble,” Trefry said. “It’s to keep people safe. The goal is not to find drugs; it’s to have a deterrent effect and keep drugs out.”
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