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Stoughton High Comes Out Clean in Thursday’s Drug Sweep

Two students were found to be in possession of drugs, with another found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Nothing else was found among the student body of nearly 1,200, principal Matt Colantonio said.

administration and the led a standard canine drug sweep of the school Thursday morning, which turned out to be a “roaring success,” principal Matt Colantonio said.

For 45 minutes, students and staff were in lockdown as Brian Holmes of the Stoughton Police Department led 20 dogs from multiple K9 units from other jurisdictions around SHS.

Colantonio said that two students were found to be in possession of drugs and one student was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

There are about 1,180 students at SHS.

“The hope is you find nothing,” Colantonio said, “[That’s the] best case scenario.” But, he said “you have to know what you’re dealing with.”

He said that the lockdown was able to reinforce the message that “drugs are not allowed” in school, yet at the same time, his administration does not have to deal with a drug “epidemic.”

“It’s a win-win,” Colantonio said.

While organized by SHS administration and the Stoughton Police, plans of the drug sweep were not announced to the student body. Executive Officer Robert Devine of the SPD said the search “went off without a hitch.”

Colantonio said the dogs found five or six hits when searching the parking lot and lockers. A hit only means the dog picked up a scent and does not necessarily indicate drugs were found.

This is something a lot of schools do, Colantonio said. He emphasized that no dogs went near a student or went into any classroom where there was a student presence.

Colantonio could not disclose any potential disciplinary action for the three students found to be in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

As point of comparison, a similar search was conducted at Middleboro High School in late April and 11 students were found to be in possession of drugs or alcohol and three were found to be in possession of knives, according to the Brockton Enterprise.

Christine Iacobucci May 06, 2011 at 02:19 PM
2 out of 1180, Kudos to the Stoughton High School teachers, administration and their partners at OASIS for creating such a positive culture! It is no light task these days seeing how accessible and affordable drugs are for our youth. I am confident that I am not alone when I say, this parent thank's you!
lowertaxes May 06, 2011 at 05:46 PM
I am happy with such great results. However, after reading that the dogs didn't go near any of the kids themselves makes me think there may have been a higher outcome. I am guessing if these kids did have drugs with them at school they wouldn't be keeping them in the lockers, they would have them in their possession.
Snyder's Stoughton May 06, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Stoughton is one of the only school systems that takes this problem head on. Other towns bury their head in the sand. Thanks to the Stoughton School Department and the Stoughton Police Department for their coordinated effort to keep our children's educational sanctuary safe.
Stephen J Mack May 07, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Matt Colantonio, SHS Staff, Stoughton Police Department, thank you for your efforts to keep our schools safe. As a parent with 3 currently attending, and four total it has been a blessing to know of the efforts that have made to keep our high school a safe and drug free zone. A product of the Boston Public School system in the 70-80' I am amazed at the Totally different cultures that exist. Again, thank you for keeping MY CHILDREN SAFE!!!!

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