Nichole Hannahs

Routine Drug Search Involving Zanesville City Schools

by Nichole Hannahs on October 17, 2012 at 6:49 am

A routine drug search takes place at Zanesville City Schools.

Wednesday, the Zanesville Police and Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office took part in a search of lockers and cars at Zanesville High and Middle Schools. Three K-9’s swept the building and parking lot for any traces of drugs.

"The dogs did hit on a couple of cars," explained Student Services Coordinator Kevin Appleman. "We did find a little bit of residue, but nothing to alarm anyone about."

The residue could have been due to other people riding in the vehicle with the smell of drugs or from someone passing by with an odor of drugs. Appleman said it isn’t the schools goal to catch students, but to prevent drugs being brought onto campus.

"We’re here to make sure that our facilities are safe, so the kids are here to learn and that’s what’s important is to make sure that they learn in a safe environment," said Appleman.

Appleman said it is school policy that any student found with anything will have their parents called and must take part in an alcohol and drug program. A letter was sent home to parents to inform them of the search.