Seneca Valley Officials, Jackson Police Conduct Routine Drug Search at Intermediate High School

As part of the drill, school officials place students under internal lockdown Tuesday while police K-9s search common areas.

Students at the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School were placed in an internal lockdown for about an hour during class time Tuesday morning as part of a routine drug search of the school.

Jackson Township Police Chief Terry Seilhamer said his department’s K-9 unit, along with K-9s from neighboring stations, searched areas in the school commonly used by students, including hallways with lockers and near classrooms.

“Basically, the school is conducting an administrative procedure,” he said. “If a dog does hit on a locker, they deal with it administratively at the school and then hand it over to police.”

District spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said Seneca Valley has been conducting the drills at the intermediate and senior high school several times year for the last decade as part of the district's drug testing policies.

The students are not informed the random drug searches will take place until the morning it happens. The students are told to stay in their classrooms until the dogs are finished with their work, she said.

“When we have the drill, we do initiate a lock down,” Andreassi said. “The drill is part of the district’s procedure for safety and security.”

Andreassi said there were no findings during Tuesday morning’s search, which took place between 8 and 9 a.m.

Parents who have questions about the searches may contact the district or their student’s building by calling 724-452-6040.

Erin Conners November 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Ah, a school designed after a prison with routine lock downs...Man, what a lovely learning environment. I am curious if the Jackson Township police are doing this through a paid contract with the school or if they are donating their dogs/time out of the goodness of their hearts. This is what we pass off as an administrative process, but after the administration deals with the student he is "handed off" to the police? Without having hurt anyone, disturbed the learning process/school procedure, given cause to be searched, etc. One of the many reasons why my children will not be going to Seneca Valley. I want to like the public school system as I think it could be so great, but I do not want my children to become accustomed to submitting to arbitrary, without cause, "routine" searches by police. I wonder if someone is found if their parents are then made to pay a fine to the school and/or police force? That would be a literal shake down of free citizens.
Ron Scott November 24, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Erin Conners are you nuts!!! I guess you would rather have a school riddled drugs!!! And by administrative they mean the school will expel/suspend the student. And as for handed off to the police they mean they will be arrested!!!! Bottom line is if your kids don't bring drugs to school they won't have any problems! Period!!!


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