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Drug-Sniffing Dogs Search GV Middle and High Schools

The search, which sent the schools into lockdown, was scheduled in advance and not caused by an emergent situation.

Great Valley High School and Middle School went into lockdown Thursday morning as drug-sniffing police dogs roamed the hallways, checking lockers.

According to Dan Goffredo, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and Pupil Services, the search was scheduled in advance and the dogs did not find anything illicit.

"We've used state police for the last few years to come in and do inspections in the high school and middle school. They did both buildings today," said Goffredo, who was the high school principal until this school year.

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The searches take roughly 20 to 30 minutes per building, as multiple German shepherds search lockers and athletic locker rooms. During that time, students and teachers stay in rooms and out of the hallways.

Goffredo would not disclose the specific details of the searches, but he did say that the dogs are trained to recognize multiple substances and the searches occur more than once per year.

Butch Beals November 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
why was there no parent notification?
Joe November 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Why should there be parent notification? If kids are taking drugs to school, they need to be caught and punished, not have forewarning.
Tim November 15, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Great job GVSD, I think this should be a regular occurance. As for notifying the parents, I'm sure there are some that would tip their litlle cherubs off.
Kathy November 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Page 58 of the Student Handbook says random searches will be conducted.
Wayne November 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I listen to a NJ talk station at work and just today a very normal and innocent sounding, fully functional young lady was saying how about 50% of her graduating class were heroin users. Most drug addicts aren't in back alleys, they are passing you on the street.
Butch Beals November 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM
OK, lets get real. I wasn't suggesting they email the parents the day before the lockdown. Or at anytime at all prior to the event. What I simply said was, why weren't the parents emailed as the situation took place or after. They email the parents every time some other event occurs, why not this. I didn't place any weighted measure on it good or bad.
Steph Gunderson November 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I'm happy to hear that no drugs were found. In my opinion, it reflects well on our students and their parents.
Jim Knowles November 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Take it easy on Butch, he didn't say 'any prior notification'. I understand why none before, but maybe something after? My daughter mentioned the lockdown but didn't know why and neither did I. There could have been a psycho roaming the halls for all I knew. I like the random search to be honest. It's still random even if you notify me afterwards that it happened, and more importantly why.
Heather Fiedler November 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Thanks Malvern Patch and I agree that this would have been a perfect time to have sent an email through our GV SCHOOL MESSENGER stating what had occurred during the day so that parents are informed. Seeing a few state police outside of school as you are dropping your child off makes me nervous
Jason November 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This is a very real and serious issue for our children. I applaud the district and law enforcement for their efforts and focus. The people that have no regard for poisoning our children should know that this is an environment that will be very difficult for them. Please continue to support the administration in their efforts.
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King November 16, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The times they are a changin': Here I go again -- back in my day nobody notified our parents before, during or after air raid drills when we were instructed to hide under our desks with the shades pulled down. Those were scary times for us kids, too. No bomb-sniffing dogs, either: Sister Agnes Josephine could sniff out an illicit piece of gum at 50 paces! Nowdays we have the luxury of these newfangled contraptions to keep everyone informed of everything instantaneously! They've been keeping a close watch on GVSD schools since the '70s! Thanks, Malvern Patch for letting us know that our schools are screened. With you all the way, Butch!
Zach Heisey November 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM
This happens all the time. They were conducted tons of times last year and the year before. I am a student and Its no bother to me, at least I know I don't have anything to hide. And, if ANYONE was notified, people would hide their stuff- it would be counterproductive. It is in the Handbook, so people are notified at the beginning of the year it will happen, and I think that's enough. I don't even think teachers should be notified. It should be secret so they catch them off guard.
Paula K November 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Love Regina's memories---they help keep issues in perspective--does anyone remember the First GVHS drug raid in the early seventies? That was a show. DA Bill Lamb brought the Mobile Crime Lab truck and alot of press, locked us in classrooms for a couple hours and searched. It made all three local news broadcasts and GV looked pretty bad. It was the first school "raid" in the county at the time. Kudos to the administration for conducting searches regularly and quietly. Sad that we need it but as Regina so aptly put, times change.
Butch Beals November 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Here's someone grousing about people taking the time to criticize. Nobody's criticizing anyone; we simply asked a question. Nobody said it was wrong or right. I've read the handbook Earnest, I realize they conduct random searches. And I've been to plenty of board meetings. I've also taken part in "random in-house searches" and every time one was conducted parents were notified after the fact.
area man November 28, 2012 at 05:44 AM
We're with you Butch. You sound like someone who knows what they're talking about. Maybe a Philly school teacher. Don't mind Earnie. He's a liberal blowhard who probably peaked in high school. JV men's field hockey most likely. Our kids education should be one of this nations highest priorities. Well informed and involved parents are a critical ensuring success. You point is well taken.
Geoeray November 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I do Paula. Birds eye view of what was going on from Biology class. The power was shut off. The DA had planted an adult posing as a student who gave the DA a list of names. Some kids were not allowed back. Not much has changed. Qualudes then, heroin now. I don't think they had trained drug dogs then. They would have needed more handcuffs if they did.
Butch Beals December 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Thanks area man

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