Commentary: Should School Officials Use Ruse for Drug Search?

by LonSeidman

Just one week after Superintendant Macary’s contract was truncated and replaced by a new 3 year contract, the Waterbury Republican- American reported that a drug search took place at Wolcott High School. Students informed their parents that they were told that intruders were in the schools and they were locked in their classrooms until an announcement was made that it was only a drill. According to the Republican – American article, only Superintendant Macary and the High School principal knew about the drill beforehand. The article also says that Macary did not know about the ruse mentioned below.

By Rick Green
Hartford Courant – 10/22/11

At Wolcott High School one morning this week, an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms.

Doors were locked and police, with dogs, moved in. Students stayed huddled in classrooms where they were told to stay away from the windows.

But what sounded like a frightening situation was just a search for narcotics. Drug-sniffing dogs combed the school while students stayed in locked classrooms, believing that an attacker was roaming the halls.

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