Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi
232 Pearl St.,
Stoughton, MA 02072
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Police Conduct Scheduled K9 Search at Stoughton High School Today
STOUGHTON — Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi and Principal Juliette Miller report that a scheduled police K9 search of Stoughton High School was conducted Tuesday morning.
The search was conducted by Stoughton Police at approximately 9:10 a.m. and lasted about 45 minutes. K9 searches are done at the school and school grounds at least once each school year.
A notice has been sent out to parents that the search was conducted.
As a result of the search, one student was found to have a small amount of marijuana in their possession and another student was found to have a small quantity of marijuana and small number of pills in their vehicle. Both students will receive consequences according to the student handbook. The identities of the students will not be made public.
“K9 searches are part of our overall safety and security plan at the high school,” Principal Miller said. “We appreciate the working relationship with our police department and student safety is our top priority.”
During the search, a K9 alerted to a vehicle parked in the faculty parking lot, but nothing was found.
As part of the standard operating procedure of the search, the school was briefly sheltered in place. Once the search was completed, the shelter in place order was lifted. The school day will continue on a regular schedule.
“This is something that we do every year and I want to thank Chief Donna McNamara and the Stoughton Police Department for their professionalism while the search was conducted,” Superintendent Rizzi said. “Similar searches are conducted at high schools throughout the state and they are part of the school system’s ongoing partnership with the police department in keeping students and faculty safe.”
Parents or residents who have questions or concerns can call the Stoughton Public Schools administration office at 781-344-4000 or the Stoughton Police Department at 781-344-2424.