As requested by Norton Public Schools, Norton Police Department coordinated a K9 search at Norton High School on Tuesday, Feb. 7. No drugs were located, and no arrests or citations were issued during the search.
The search was coordinated by Detective James Franco, who serves as the part-time school resource officer. Assisting in the search were members of the Norton Police, the Northern Bristol County Drug Task Force and K9 units from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council.
Parents were advised of the lockdown and search via the school department notification system.
Yesterday’s search was a continuing effort of the ongoing partnership between the Norton Police Department and the Norton Public Schools. Last month, members of the department presented an educational awareness program for parents. Last week, Norton High School students attended a drug abuse presentation by former Boston Celtic Chris Herren. Senior boys and girls will also attend presentations on “safe choices”, which focuses on educating students in good decision making for life after high school.
"I think that the Chris Herren presentation helped a lot," said Norton High School principal Raymond Dewar. "Also, I think most students do know that we can have a sweep at any time, and they know the consequences for being caught with drugs, so even drug users are reluctant to bring drugs to school. That is a step in the right direction."