Drugs will not be tolerated in our schools! That's the message from Dinwiddie's new top cop.
Wednesday morning, the sheriff's office conducted a random drug sweep at the high school. Five dogs searched the exterior and interior of the school for two hours.
"It's important to show the kids we mean business. We're not going to tolerate any drug use in our schools or in our community," said Dinwiddie County Sheriff, D.T. "Duck" Adams.
The program tapered off for a while but Adams is re-launching the program. In fact, he wants to expand it to include searches of school buses.
During the sweep hallways, bathrooms and lockers were searched.
Classrooms were also randomly searched. Students were removed from the class. The animals were brought-in and once the classroom was cleared by deputies -- students were allowed back inside class.
The random drug sweep is the first at the high school in more than a year. In the past the program has led to drugs being found and students being arrested.
Parents, like Kathleen Nash, applaud the program .
"That's a good idea. Drugs shouldn't be in the schools. You come here to learn -- don't bring your drugs here," said Nash - who has a 10th grader at the high school.
"I don't want to see her slip and do drugs. I don't want her to be pressured or anything like that," she added.
The sheriff says, random drug sweeps will also be done regularly at the junior high and middle schools. During the sweep no drugs were found.