March 26, 2014 – Ten police K-9 units from the Mentor Police Department and other agencies in the surrounding area were brought in to Mentor High School today to assist administrators with a drug sweep of the school. After a very thorough search of the building and parking lot, no drugs were found.
While administrators are pleased with that result, some concern was raised because the police dogs did indicate a potential presence of drugs in several lockers and cars during the sweep. However, when administrators searched further, they did not find drugs or contraband. Parents and guardians were notified by one of the high school administrators if their child’s locker or car was searched today.
Mentor Schools officials believe the majority of our students are making good choices. Part of the goal of today’s search was to send a message to students that we take their safety seriously and that drugs will not be tolerated at Mentor High School.
“Providing our students with a safe and secure learning environment is our district’s number one priority, and keeping our buildings drug free is a part of that,” Superintendent Matthew Miller said. “Also, this search provided a training opportunity for local police officer handlers and their K-9s, which we were happy to help with as part of our partnership with community agencies.”
The search began shortly after 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Staff and students were asked to shelter in place by staying in their classrooms and continuing lessons during that time period. Meantime, Mentor High School parents and guardians were notified of the search via email.
The district appreciates the assistance of the Mentor Police Department for their efforts in organizing the search today, along with the work of two Mentor Police K-9 teams. We would also like to thank the Garfield Heights, Cleveland Heights, Bratenahl, Kent and Willowick police departments for sending K-9 units to help today.