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School metal detection search turns up only small violations

A metal detection search of 90 percent of the Halifax County High School student body yielded a minimal amount of tobacco products, two cases of marijuana possession, one pocket knife and numerous lighters Thursday, according to South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner.

Halifax County School Resource Officer Edwin M. Cawthon and school administrators conducted the preventive metal detection search with the help of six South Boston police officers.

“This search was conducted solely of the student’s person and not of their backpacks, purses, etc.,” Binner said.

After review, law enforcement and school administration said this week they are pleased with the percentage of safety violations discovered versus student body count. 

All violations are under school and/or law enforcement investigation, according to Binner.