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Norwin schools search nets no illegal drugs

Joe Napsha
| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 1:54 p.m.
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State narcotics agents and officers from eight area police departments failed to uncover any illegal drugs during an unannounced search of Norwin High School and middle school, a district spokesman said.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Drug Task Force, in cooperation with the North Huntingdon police K-9 unit and seven area police departments, conducted the search Friday morning, said Jonathan Szish, a Norwin spokesman. Szish said he wasn't certain how many officers were involved.

Norwin administrators and the school safety response teams in the high school and middle school aided law enforcement in searching hallway lockers, as well as the high school student parking lot. The parking area for teachers and staff was not searched.

Joseph Shigle, coordinator of safe schools and a high school assistant principal, said the searches are conducted once or twice per year, with few exceptions since they began about 2000.

“This is done periodically as part of the district's school safety plan and reflects the district's continuing emphasis on drug awareness, prevention and education,” Shigle said.

North Huntingdon Lt. Rod Mahinske, the police department's ranking officer, could not be reached for comment.

Officers from Latrobe, North Versailles, Ligonier Township, Penn Township, Rostraver Township, Jeannette and Swissvale assisted.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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