- Last Updated on 06:13 AM 02/01/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Firearms, ammunition and a small amount of narcotics were seized Wednesday from vehicles parked at Halifax County High School after local law enforcement agencies conducted a search at the high school and middle school.
According to Sheriff Fred Clark, the joint effort involved all local law enforcement agencies, utilizing South Boston Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office K9 Units with the assistance of K9 handlers from the City of Danville Police Department, Pittsylvania County and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities searched the middle school and high school properties in a joint effort to enforce the zero tolerance policy the school system has toward drugs and weapons on campus, Clark said.
The search began at the middle school around 10 a.m. focusing on classrooms and different areas of the school.
No drugs or firearms were located at the middle school, according to the sheriff.
The officers and K9s then proceeded to the high school and searched the basement, locker areas and the faculty and students’ parking lots.
Authorities found two firearms and a BB pistol in vehicles in the students’ parking lot.
An explosive K9 unit alerted on a vehicle where authorities found a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition in a toolbox inside the vehicle, Clark said.
While searching that vehicle, another student advised authorities he had been hunting earlier, and his shotgun also was secured in his toolbox.
The sheriff said all firearms and ammunition were confiscated along with small amounts of narcotics discovered in three other vehicles.
Students involved were released into the custody of their parents, and charges are pending further investigation, according to Clark.
The sheriff stressed no drugs or firearms were found inside the high school or faculty parking lot.
Teachers and students were very cooperative as authorities went into the classrooms and asked them to step out while the classrooms were searched, Clark said.
He commended Principals Faye Bruce and Albert Randolph and their administration and faculty for the high level of professionalism while the search was being conducted.
More searches are forthcoming as local authorities and school officials continue to enforce the zero tolerance policy toward drugs and weapons on school property, the sheriff said.
He expressed appreciation to all agencies involved in the joint effort to promote safety in county schools.