On Monday, October 27, 2014 at approximately 9:15 am, twelve K-9 units representing several southeastern Massachusetts police agencies conducted a search for illegal drugs at Wareham High School. The search was conducted without incident throughout the school and the parking lot areas with full cooperation of school staff and students.
No illegal drugs were located at Wareham High School during the search, which caused minimal interruption to the school day. The search, which was coordinated by School Resource Officer Karl Baptiste and Principal Scott Palladino, was conducted with no direct interaction between the K-9’s, students, or teaching staff.
Police Chief Kevin Walsh stated that although the results of this search in no way means drugs are not an issue in the school system, the results are certainly encouraging, given the fact that in 2011, a K-9 search of Wareham High School resulted in 7 students cited for possession of marijuana and 17 indications of illegal drugs throughout various areas of the school reported by K-9 units. It should be noted that K-9 searches are conducted at least once during the school year in Wareham.
Chief Walsh commended Wareham school officials for their cooperation and proactive efforts to maintain a safe learning atmosphere at Wareham High School, adding that police and school officials being committed to working together to rid our schools of drugs and maintaining a safe environment for students is a common goal.