(MITCHELL) - Police dogs made searched through Mitchell High School's parking lot Wednesday, sniffing students' cars for drugs.
Sean Vandeventer, MHS principal, says it is common for such sweeps to keep drugs out of the school. The dog "hit" on 14 vehicles.
Police found drugs in only one of those vehicles. The positive hit was for "a drug and paraphernalia." The student will now be disciplined by the school. The student was not arrested.
Vandeventer says the school will "try to get them some education and help" to impress upon the student the importance of not using drugs.
Students must have a permit to park their vehicles on the school lot. The student handbook stipulates that police dogs can be brought in to sniff lockers and the parking lot for signs of drugs.
When a dog alerts officers of possible drugs, the student is pulled from class and officials ask to search the vehicle. Vandeventer says most of the time, the student grants the request.
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