District officials cite student safety for random, proactive measure
It doesn’t mean that teens aren’t using drugs, but a search at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School last week only turned up tobacco.
The school district scheduled a lockdown on April 19 and brought in drug-sniffing dogs from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department and Sheboygan Falls Police Department.
Dogs hit on a couple of lockers, but no drugs were found, Sheboygan County Sheriff’s deputy Brian Beernink said. A few vehicles in the parking lot were randomly searched as well.
“The only thing that was found was some cigarettes,” Beernink said.
The results may be a sign that the district’s drug prevention measures are working, but Beernink isn’t entirely sure.
“I’d like to think so but there’s certainly plenty of talk that kids in school were doing drugs,” he said. “It’s good that they weren’t in school.”
Beernink said the overdosing problems of a few years ago have subsided.
The high school doesn’t have a police liaison officer, but Beernink said he spends a fair amount of time in district.
High School Principal Josh Ketterhagen said the search was done with student safety in mind.
“This was a proactive measure to make sure that we as a high school are doing our part to make sure our students know that we care about their well-being, safety and decisions,” he said. “It was an opportunity to show that we are always trying to ensure we have a positive learning environment.”
Supt. Jeanne Courneene concurred.
“As a district, we are interested in providing the conditions and supports necessary to help all students thrive, and when there are drug-related issues students may be experiencing are disclosed, we do our best to help and support so that other ways of managing are utilized by the student,” she said.
Beernink said he hopes to be able to conduct another random search.