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K9s to deter drugs on high school campuses starting this fall

New Hanover County Sheriff

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Additional security will be added to New Hanover County high schools, starting this upcoming school year.

READ MORE: Dogs to start drugs, weapons search in schools, after 2 loaded guns found at Ashley HS

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is bringing in drug detection canines at each of the area’s eight high schools, to accompany school resource officers.

According to a press release, Sheriff Ed McMahon and NHCS believe this approach will increase safety on campus and deter drug use and possession at school.

The move was prompted in May after two loaded guns were found on Ashley High School’s campus 10 days apart.

At the time Superintendent Charles Foust said canines would be brought in, among other security measures to thwart drugs and weapons. New Hanover has more than 60 SROs in schools. NHCS conducts random searches and also has installed security vestibules, an added layer of protection requiring visitors to be buzzed into the schools.

“Parents, the community will see a more aggressive approach,” Foust stated at a press conference a few months ago. “We’re going to continue to hold fast and press hard on anyone who brings a weapon into the school. And if you know of a weapon that is in the schools, we’re going to be pushing that you are held just as accountable for the person who brings it.”

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