Surprise lockdown at McMinn County school yields results

Surprise lockdown at McMinn County school yields results

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A surprise safety lockdown at McMinn County High School ended with some positive results. The school holds several safety searches a year where they search for drugs and other illegal items and officials say they seem to be working. A surprise safety lockdown at McMinn County High School ended with some positive results. The school holds several safety searches a year where they search for drugs and other illegal items and officials say they seem to be working.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ATHENS (WATE) - The halls of McMinn County High School weren't filled Thursday with the usual faces of eachers and students. Instead they were replaced with more than 20 sheriff's deputies and several drug sniffing K-9s.

The surprise lockdown wasn't in response to any tip, but rather an opportunity to maintain an anti-drug presence within the school.

"Its good because we're able to get things out of the school that don't belong here and it sends a message, I think, to the students not to bring certain things to school that would inhibit the process of education," said McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

During previous lockdowns some serious items have been found, but that wasn't the case this time around.

"We did find a few things nothing really of note," said Guy. "Mostly tobacco, spit cans, snuff, a lot of lighters and some pocket knives and a very small amount of marijuana."

That student in possession of the marijuana confessed to officers before the search.

"We maintain an amnesty policy at lockdowns of this type that allows a student to be honest and up front, and if they will do that and take advantage of that opportunity then we won't charge anyone," Guy said.

"For a school of 1,500 students and that's all we found I am very pleased," said Director of McMinn County Schools Mickey Blevins.

"I think it reflects well on our schools," added Guy. "I think it reflects well on our principal and our overall board of education and the things they're doing here in McMinn County."

The student in possession of the marijuana will receive mandatory drug counseling from the school.

The next lockdown is expected to take place sometime in the spring.

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