Random drug and weapons search held at East Coweta

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
Coweta County authorities conducted a random drug and weapons check at East Coweta High School on Thursday, but nothing significant was found.
“We do these searches in the exact same fashion at all the high schools at least once a year,” said Coweta County School System spokesman Dean Jackson. “We have been doing them for more than a decade.”
About 20 classes were selected and students were taken out of class and into the hallways while K-9 search dog units with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office checked the classrooms, Jackson said.
In the hall, students are told to empty their pockets and sometimes metal wands were used, he said, adding, “the students are not touched or patted down.”
Authorities found one can of snuff and two lighters.
“This is a proactive measure and is not in response to any significant problem,” Jackson said. “We just want to ensure the safety of everyone ... typically, we don’t find anything big, just minor things.”
The school system and sheriff’s office try to conduct the searches at least twice a year at the three public high schools and at least once at the middle schools, but sometimes the number is less.

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