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Chancellor High in lockdown this morning during search by sheriff’s office

UPDATE: School division spokeswoman Rene Daniels just told me the lockdown was just a drill and that the search was not in response to any concerns at the school.

She also said that no drugs or weapons were found and no students were detained as a result of the search by sheriff’s deputies employing dogs.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting drills at schools throughout the division.

This year so far, all five high schools and the John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center have participated in routine drills conducted by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Daniels said.

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The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office this morning conducted a lockdown at Chancellor High School, according to Principal Jackie Bass-Fortune. The search is over.

Bass-Fortune issued the following statement to parents a few minutes ago.

Chancellor High School Administration, in cooperation with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a lockdown of Chancellor High School. 

The Sheriff’s Office utilized their K-9 Unit to scan designated classrooms that included student lockers, locker rooms, and some classrooms.  Four dogs were utilized during the lockdown that were trained to respond to either drugs or weapons.  The lockdown was completed with minimum interference to instruction. 

In February, the Sheriff’s Office conducted a drill at Chancellor and Riverbend high schools. I am seeking more information on today’s search to see whether it was prompted by a specific concern.

I will provide an update as soon as information is available.

Below is the statement the division issued on Feb. 3.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As part of our partnership with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, we routinely conduct emergency drills and searches of our schools.   Today, February 3, 2012, Riverbend High School and Chancellor High School Administration, in cooperation with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a routine search of the schools.  As part of this drill, the school goes into a lockdown status.  The Sheriff’s Office utilized their K-9 Unit to assist in the search that included student lockers, locker rooms, some class rooms, and the parking lot.  The dogs that were utilized during the search are trained to respond to either drugs or weapons.  The drill/search was completed with minimum interference to instruction.  

We appreciate your support in providing your children a safe environment to learn.  If you have any questions about this drill, please contact your child’s school.

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