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Police hold drug search at Macomb Junior-Senior High School

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) - Students at Macomb Junior-Senior High School got quite the surprise to their Tuesday morning.

The school was put into a lockdown mode Tuesday morning while authorities from multiple police departments conducted a drug search through school.

While police say they didn't find any illegal drugs or weapons Tuesday, it's surprise searches like this that keep students safe.

'Remain in your classroom we are still in lockdown until further notice.' That was the message that came over the PA system at Macomb Junior- Senior High School Tuesday morning around 9 a.m.
   
"We can secure the school and check for the contraband and make sure there's no illegal drugs or weapons or anything like that and just randomly picking out a day to see what's here," School Resource Officer J.P. McLaughlin said.
   
McLaughlin, who is with the Macomb Police Department, says the surprise sweep had been planned for about a month.
   
Eleven different K-9 units searched the school's parking lot and over 1,000 lockers, while students and staff stayed inside classrooms. Superintendent Dr. Patrick Twomey says the lockdown sends a clear message to students.
   
"We haven't found a lot of drugs in the past here. It's more to send a positive message that we don't want them here," Twomey said. "So periodically we are going to search, and make sure they don't come here."

At one point during the lockdown, teachers were asked to step out in the hallway while students were given the chance to anonymously place any illegal substances or drugs in a waste can at the front of the room.

"If there is something that we have missed, we'll give the students an opportunity to get rid of what they have without any repercussions," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin says Tuesday's lockdown went off without a hitch, and he's happy the search turned up with nothing.
   
"It was impressive and nice to know that we didn't have to take any action today," McLaughlin said.

Macomb Superintendent Patrick Twomey says the district requests to have planned drug searches about twice a year.

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