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UPDATED: Drug Sweep At High School Comes Up Empty

Eight dogs were brought into SHS to search for drugs.

Update: 4:30 p.m.

Upon being reached, Supt. Ullman said the following about the search which occurred this morning:

"The sweep of Simsbury High School was successful and we thank the Simsbury Police as well as the officers from neighboring communities who helped with the process. We are taking this action to reinforce with students that we will do what is necessary to keep our schools and our students safe. I hope the message to students is, stay away from drugs and other substances that are harmful to your health. We will continue to work with parents and the community to reinforce this message not only in school, but also in the community. The response from parents has been overwhelmingly positive, and the have expressed appreciation for the message we are sending to our youth."

Original Article:

Eight police canines were brought into Simsbury High School this morning to perform a drug sweep. This action comes following an early February warning that a step like this might be taken because of an "increase in the number of arrests of our young people for drug possession and possession with intent to sell,"  said Principal Sullivan in the letter home to parents.

"The program was initiated as another means by the Town of Simsbury to provide a safe environment for children in and around the schools," said Lieutenant Nicholas Boulter in a press release following the search. 

"All of the floors and all of the hallway lockers were searched," said Boulter. "We were in the school for a very short time.  We wanted to minimize any potential distractions to the classrooms."

The search took only 17 minutes.

Since Simsbury's police department itself does not have any canines officers, the dogs were brought in from Newington, Southington, Enfield, Farmington and Bloomfield.

No drugs were found, no arrests were made.

According to Boulter, there will probably be another search before the end of the school year. "They will most likely be done periodically," he said. "We will meet with the school and come up with some sort of plan."

According to Principal Sullivan, if any illegal substance is found during a search, the offending student will be questioned further by administration and penalities may include suspension and/or expulsion from school.

Luke Larsen February 27, 2012 at 09:57 PM
There shouldn't be police searches of the schools in the first place. This is a respectability of the parents. Police have no right to search the kids. Even if they did find drugs, and charged the kid with possession, that's not going to help the situation now, or in the future. All that's going to do is screw up a child's life at an early age. If someone did get caught with the drugs, the proper way to take care of that situation, is not to arrest them and charge them. That will just screw up their lives even more, and most likely make them follow a life of crime, since they will have charges at an early age. I believe this is a matter of the parents and school officials, to educate the students that drugs aren't good for you. Then they should send them to rehabilitation. Hitting them with charges only worsens the situation. If you charge them, that's going to raise the chances they will engage in a life of crime, if you rehabilitate them and educate them, further down the line they will make better choices and not have to be turned down by future jobs/colleges because of a stupid possession charge. People, open your eyes. Handling the situation this way, just creates more problems for the next generation.
Luke Larsen February 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM
responsibility* not respectability, darn spell check. lol
David Moelling February 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM
It seems that things happen at Simsbury High on the QT until some more drastic action is deemed necessary and Principal Sullivan has to make a statement to the press. Dirty Dancing was the last time SImsbury High got on national news. Drug searches won't get on national news, but..... It seems something more serious is going on than is acknowledged. He talks about students selling to other students. A little or a lot? (Or perhaps it's just something to get them Accepted at Columbia). Where's the Board of Ed on this? And with Supt. Ullman leaving her post is there some connection?

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