October 18, 2016 -- Six police K-9 units from the Mentor Police Department and other agencies in the surrounding area assisted Mentor Schools’ administration with a drug sweep of the Mentor High School parking lot today. After a thorough search of the parking lot, no drugs were found.
However, concern was raised because the police dogs did indicate a potential presence of drugs in several cars during the search. This led the high school principals to search vehicles and have a conversation with each student whose car was flagged by the K-9 units. We did successfully reach the parents or guardians of any student who was searched via phone to inform them.
We know 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.
“Our number one goal in Mentor Schools is to provide students with a safe learning environment, and keeping drugs out of our schools is a part of that,” Superintendent Matthew Miller said. “Drug use is a community issue, so we need to work together to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences drugs cause. We encourage parents to take this opportunity to have a conversation with their children as well.”
The search happened just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Staff and students remained in the building and continued with their lessons per usual. Meantime, Mentor High School parents and guardians were notified of the search via email.The district appreciates the assistance of the Mentor Police Department, Fairport Harbor Police Department, Willoughby Police Department, Willowick Police Department and RTA Transit Police for bringing police dogs to Mentor High School. Today’s search also served as a training opportunity for the K-9s and officers.