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Windsor Locks High Comes Up Clean in Drug Sweep

Police dogs and officers performed a random sweep of the high school Tuesday morning in an effort to detect illegal drugs.

A coordinated effort between area police departments and the local school district to keep Windsor Locks High School drug free proved successful Tuesday morning when officers, accompanied by their K-9 partners, performed a sweep of the high school.

According to Superintendent of Schools Wayne C. Sweeney, the sweep included inspections of hallways, bathrooms, the cafeteria, gym and athletic rooms, and the student parking lot.

No drugs were found on school premises — a result Sweeney said he was pleased to report.

"The students and staff are to be commended for their positive response and cooperation during the drug sweep," said Sweeney Tuesday in a news release.

"We will continue to support students and work with our parents to ensure a drug-free school, and assist our young people in making the right decisions concerning their health and safety regarding drug and alcohol use," the superintendent said.

Speaking from his office Tuesday, Sweeney said the drug sweep was planned and is performed twice throughout the academic year. Neither students nor faculty were given notice of Tuesday's sweep, he added.

In addition to making sure there are no drugs on school grounds, the routine sweep serves as a message from the district to parents, letting them know there is a zero-tolerance policy with respect to drug use in the district, Sweeney said.

During Tuesday's search, students remained in their classrooms and continued their instruction.

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