School lockers searched by dogs, found clean

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 2/11/97.

Students were told to stay in their classrooms Thursday morning at the Paynesville Area High School and Middle School.

The Stearns County Sheriffís Department and Paynesville Police Department held a random search of the buildings. Trained dogs from the St. Cloud Correctional Institute walked up and down the halls sniffing lockers for any sign of drugs.

The search took the two dogs about a half hour to complete. Besides the high school and middle school, the dogs also searched the vocational center.

ďI was pleased the dogs didnít find anything in the buildings,Ē John Janotta, high school principal, said. ďSearches are held randomly, sending out the message that we wonít tolerate drugs in the school.Ē

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