May 27, 2014

Police dogs search Freeburg high school

The administration at Freeburg Community School District 77 requested police dogs conduct a search of Freeburg Community High School, for the second time this year.

Superintendent Andrew Lehman said five Illinois State Police dogs were at the school Tuesday afternoon for the search, which included both the interior and exterior of the school.

He said one item of interest -- drug paraphernalia -- was found by the dogs during the two-hour search. Lehman did not say whether any disciplinary action was taken against students.

"It went very well," Lehman said. "We are very appreciative of the state police."

Students were required to remain in their classrooms during the search. Lehman said the impact on students was "minimal."

In March, three police dogs conducted a similar search of the buildings and grounds at the high school.

At that time, Lehman had said a "few things were found, but nothing ... too alarming or too serious." He did not specify what items were discovered.

Belleville School District 201 Superintendent Jeff Dosier said District 201 has not had any scheduled police dog searches of either campus -- Belleville East or West -- this school year.

"We have done them in the past," he said. "We intend to do them from time to time, but we haven't had any this year."

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