Police Conduct Drug Sweep at Simsbury High School

Police conducted an unannounced drug sweep at Simsbury High School Wednesday morning.

Simsbury Police and police from surrounding communities conducted an unannounced drug sweep at Simsbury High School Wednesday morning.

In an email to parents, principal Neil Sullivan announced that the school had partnered with police to conduct a sweep of the school using canines trained to detect marijuana and other drugs.

Before the sweep began, Sullivan made the following announcement to students and faculty:

 “Good morning, this is Mr. Sullivan.  This morning the Simsbury Police are here in various parts of the building conducting sweeps with canine units trained in the detection of marijuana and other drugs.  We emphasize that this is a routine procedure, and there is no reason to be alarmed that several police officers are here.  At this time, students should be out of the halls and in an assigned area until the process is over.  I will come back on the PA to let you know when it is complete.  Teachers, please make sure that the halls are clear near your room and close the doors to your classrooms.  Thank you for your cooperation.”

Police first conducted an announced drug sweep at the high school in February 2012.

In November Sullivan announced that the school planned to continue with unannounced drug sweeps despite a decrease in student drug use.

Sullivan said that the school's policy regarding student confidentiality prevents the school from releasing the results of Wednesday's sweep. Simsbury Police have not released a statement at this time.

Included in Sullivan's statement to parents was a note to the media that he would not provide any further details on the sweep:

"I anticipate that the media may continue to report these sweeps to the public. Please know that this communication will serve as my only public statement about the event. The Simsbury Police will issue a separate statement of their own."

Sullivan did say that the school and police department plan to continue to conduct the sweeps at unannounced intervals.

Robert Kalechman December 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
The three comments by what i call the Simsbury Attack Dogs and dogs they are they have no idea what going on in Simsbury my dollar to your donut they are all part of the yellow system we have in Simsbury take all give nothing and they tells us it theirs from birth I call it Cradle to the grave welfare for the good old Boys and Girls Bob Kalechman was right four years ago at election for Governor and the legislatures and again this year on the State House you now have higher taxes and the tax will go higher while all along they lied and told us no new taxes you get what you voted for and in my opinion at this time the people of Simsbury have very little in both Hartford at the State House and in Simsbury on the Board of Selectman so in my opinion you dogs are barking up the wrong tree years back we call these men As for being new to these parts our Connecticut family fought in every War from 1860 Civil War and in every war since your question sound like the S.S..Scharfuher checking pass ports in Germany in 1933,Third Reich and the new order of 1939
Megan December 13, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I don't know what's going on above me with the guy who doesn't like periods, but if he's saying the administration is clueless, then he'd be right. Simsbury continues to blatantly fail in their mission to win the war on drugs.
Robert Johnson December 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
"new to these parts" was referring to comment from Thomas, so ease up.
Marcie December 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
One Word. "Punctuation!"
Bill December 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
As a student everyone knows we aren't stupid enough to keep drugs in our lockers. Keep them on your person and walk away from the drug sniffing dog as he comes by. This stuff the police do is to keep the soccer moms happy when they ask "what are you doing to control drugs in our schools?"


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