Hingham High School was locked down for about 40 minutes this morning as school administrators and police, using canine units from neighboring towns, swept the school for illicit drugs.
Police said no drugs were found in the search.
“I hope [students] realize we want the school to be a safe learning environment and not a place to bring drugs,” Principal Girouard-McCann said when asked what message she hopes the drug sweep sends.
Eight dogs and their handlers spread out throughout the school and the parking areas along with Hingham police officers and school administrators. They searched lockers, bathrooms, parking lots, and some random classrooms.
Hingham police sergeant Steven Dearth said the canine units came from police departments as far away as Brockton. Having that many dogs, he said, makes the search go faster.
"The goal is to have the least amount of disruption to the school day."
In an email to parents shortly after the lock-down ended, Girouard-McCann said the search lasted from 9:20 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The school and police have conducted random searches periodically in recent years. A drug sweep last May found two students with marijuana. The students were given civil citations.
“Part of our job is to keep educating students about all kinds of risky behavior,” Girouard-McCann said. “Teenagers do need constant reminding, as all the brain research shows us.”
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