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School search turns up guns inside parked cars

SoVaNow.com / January 31, 2013
Police officers who combed through Halifax County High School yesterday turned up nothing of interest inside the building, but outside police confiscated a rifle and a shotgun and a small quality of drugs from vehicles parked in the student lot.

Officers also searched the middle school but found neither guns nor drugs there.

The searches were conducted by the South Boston Police Department and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units, with assistance of K9 handlers from the Danville Police Department and the Pittsylvania and Mecklenburg county sheriff’s departments.

The sweeps at HCHS and HCMS represented the latest step in enforcing the school division’s zero tolerance policy towards drugs and weapons on campus. Officers began around 10 a.m. at the middle school and later moved to the high school, going through classrooms in different parts of each school and searching lockers and other enclosures.

Outside at the HCHS student parking lot, officers found two firearms, a BB pistol and ammunition inside vehicles. They also found small amounts of narcotics inside three other vehicles.

A K9 dog alerted officers to a vehicle in which a .22 calibre rifle and ammunition were found inside a toolbox. While searching the vehicle, another student advised authorities that he had been hunting earlier and his shotgun was secured in his tool box. All the firearms and ammunition were confiscated by police.

Students involved in each of the searches that turned up guns or narcotics were released to the custody of their parents. Charges potentially could result, pending further investigation.

Officers also searched the faculty lot and found nothing of interest.

Sheriff Fred Clark said teachers and students were very cooperative as officers went into classrooms and requested that everyone step out while the rooms were being searched.

Superintendent of Schools Merle Herndon, who was on site during the searches, said she was pleased that no drugs and no weapons were found inside either of the schools.



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Students- welcome to the New World Order, in which the 4th Amendment does not exist and you can be searched at any time on an LEO's whim.

"at the student parking lot, officers found two firearms, a BB pistol and ammunition inside vehicles... a .22 calibre rifle and ammunition were found inside a toolbox. ...another student advised authorities that he had been hunting earlier and his shotgun was secured in his tool box. All the firearms and ammunition were confiscated by police."

Emphasis- LOCKED, SECURED, INACCESSIBLE.

"Charges... could result, pending further investigation"

Bothers me as I once heard a Danville cop say he wanted kids to have a police record. Seems that mentality is slowly filtering down to HC.

It's a rural county. Kids hunt before and after school. Good thing HC taxpayers don't have a zero-tolerance policy toward stupidity. The entire school administration and half the sheriff's dept. would be hunting jobs.

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Power House I totally agree. If I remember the rule correctly the General Assembly passed a law stating you could have guns in the parking lot of a school if they were locked and secured and inaccessible. This may not apply to students, but is should. I have never like the rule that you can be searched on school grounds for no reason then just for being there or being a student. What did John Adams say about giving up liberty for security? you have neither!


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