May 13, 2014 – Two K-9 units from the Mentor Police Department assisted Mentor Schools administrators with a drug search of each middle school today. After a very thorough search of lockers at Shore, Memorial and Ridge, 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 during the sweep. However, when administrators searched further, they did not find drugs or contraband. Parents and guardians were notified by the school if their child’s locker was identified in today’s search.
Mentor Schools officials believe the majority of our students are making good choices. Part of the goal of conducting these searches is to send a message to students that we take their safety seriously and that drugs will not be tolerated in our schools.
“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, these searches are an important piece of our relationship with the Mentor Police Department in that it provides the police officer handlers and their K-9s an opportunity to do some training, while at the same time becoming more familiar with our schools.”
During the searches, staff and students were asked to shelter in place by staying in their classrooms and continuing lessons. Meantime, parents and guardians were notified that a search was happening at their child’s school via email.
The district appreciates the assistance of the Mentor Police Department for their efforts in keeping our students safe.
In the video below, you can watch as Mentor Police K-9 Titan finds the controlled substance police placed in an empty locker to use for training. (If you are having difficulty seeing the video, please try a browser other than Internet Explorer.)