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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.

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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