A Magnolia Middle School student was arrested Wednesday after failing to cooperate with school lockdown procedures initiated by a scheduled K9 drug sweep of the building, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.
The student, a 13-year-old male, was arrested for failing to follow instructions given in connection with the lockdown, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell.
Students are instructed to remain in their classes while the sweep is ongoing and not wander the building, Worrell said, and the student arrested failed to do so after being told repeatedly by school administrators and law enforcement officials. The student was released into the custody of his mother, Worrell said.
The search was part of a regularly scheduled sweep of both Magnolia Middle and Joppatowne High schools by School Resource Officers.
That search found no drugs at Magnolia, but turned up an unspecified quantity of a controlled dangerous substance in a student’s vehicle at Joppatowne High, Worrell said. The student involved in that incident was present during the search and cooperated with authorities.
A release posted on the Harford County Public Schools Web site on Wednesday indicated that a search had been conducted, but did not mention any arrests:
Three routine, random drug dog scans were performed at Joppatowne High and Magnolia Middle schools today. The scans, done as part of the school system’s commitment to keeping illicit drugs out of the schools, were accomplished using a canine under the direction of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
The Joppatowne High School scan involved 405 lockers being sniffed by the dog. The 13-minute scan – supervised by three deputies from the Harford County Sherriff’s Office, one drug dog, one administrator from the school, and the school system’s Coordinator of Internal Investigations – resulted in one alert producing no controlled dangerous substances.
In addition, 19 vehicles in the school’s parking lot were scanned. The 26-minute scan resulted in two alerts, which produced one suspected controlled dangerous substance that was sent for analysis.
The Magnolia Middle School scan involved 439 lockers being sniffed by the dog. The 8-minute scan – supervised by five deputies from the Harford County Sherriff’s Officers, two drug dogs, three administrators from the school, and the school system’s Coordinator of Internal Investigations – resulted in no alerts.
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