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Drug sweep finds 2 Hingham students with pot

Posted by dinouye  May 20, 2011 04:10 PM

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By Globe Staff

Two students were found with marijuana during a sweep for illegal drugs this morning at Hingham High School, police said.

The two students, whose names were not released, were given a civil citation.

The sweep of the school building and surrounding grounds began at about 9:20 a.m., the high school said in an e-mail to parents today. During that time, the entire school went into lockdown, which requires all students to be in a classroom, and for classes to remain in session while the doors are locked. The sweep was concluded by 10:30, the school said.

The announcement said that any students whose vehicles, lockers, or backpacks contained illegal drugs will be disciplined according to the Hingham Public Schools Code of Discipline. School officials could not be reached for comment this afternoon.

The exercise was conducted by high school administrators, officers from the Hingham Police Department, and canine units from neighboring law-enforcement agencies.

In a statement, Hingham High Principal Paula Girouard McCann said the school is committed to keep drugs out of school, and that "the goal of today’s sweep and any future sweeps is to make Hingham High School a safe and secure place where learning can occur without the dangers of illegal drugs.''

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