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No arrests made in high school drug search

No arrests were made and a small amount of narcotics were found following a thorough search of Halifax County High School Friday morning, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark.

Clark said the search was conducted in a joint effort to enforce the Zero-Tolerance policy that the Halifax County School System has toward drugs and weapons on its school campuses.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office, South Boston Police Department, Virginia State Police, along with canine units from several surrounding jurisdictions searched the building and the parking lots at the high school. 

According to Clark, teachers and students were taken out of class as officers and the K-9s searched the classrooms.

“The students were very cooperative as we went into the classrooms and asked them to leave behind all of their belongings,” the sheriff said.

The search also covered the school’s parking lot and buses, Clark said.

A small amount of narcotics were found on the school property, Clark said referring to marijuana that was seized.  

Clark commended Principal Albert Randolph, along with his administration and faculty, on the high level of professionalism shown while the search was being conducted. 

He also commended the students on the manner in which they conducted themselves as well.  

“Everyone showed a high level of professionalism, and all of this reflects well on the administration at the school."

Similar searches can be expected in the future, the sheriff said. 

“We are currently planning more activities for the 2012-13 school year to further ensure the safety of the students and staff members of the Halifax County School System,” he added.