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Drugs and Disassembled Gun Found at High School During Routine Sweep

Police dogs found marijuana, as well as a disassembled hunting gun in the school parking lot Thursday as part of a regular safety drill.

Two students were referred to prosecutors after a routine canine sweep of the school and parking lot Thursday, Principal Ron Kiesewetter said.

The search revealed marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and tobacco, Kiesewetter said. Most situations were handled with school consequences, although the two most serious cases were referred to the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office, he said.

The sweep did not involve the .

Authorities also found a disassembled hunting gun in a vehicle, he said. Officials do not believe the student posed a threat to the school or other students, but the weapon—even disassembled and in a case—should not have been on school grounds, he said.

School officials partner with area police for these types of safety drills two or three times a year. The drill was not in response to a specific situation, but rather part of an ongoing effort to discourage students from bringing drugs and weapons to school.

“The focus of the drill was to practice our soft lock down procedure and to carry out a search of student lockers and vehicles in the parking lot using police canine units,” Kiesewetter wrote in an e-mail to parents. “The canine search targeted illegal drugs.”

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