DeKalb Schools says lockdown and search at Lakeside High yielded vape penPhoto provided by the DeKalb County School District.
As part of a plan to keep students from bringing weapons to school, the DeKalb County school district implemented a policy of random searches at high school campuses.
A search at Lakeside High School on Nov. 12 caught some parents by surprise. The search at Lakeside produced a vape pen, the district said.
A school district spokesperson said the district’s search policy was announced back in September.
“DeKalb County School District police routinely conduct proactive searches and safety drills at all campuses using K-9 units,” a statement from the district says. “Today, November 12, 2019, temporary lockdowns took place to conduct random K-9 searches at schools. Parents and families were notified in September 2019 through school messenger and letters that random searches would take place throughout the district. An announcement is made before all safety drills.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that earlier this year officials found “half a dozen guns” at county schools this year. So far the searches have yielded vape pens and knives, the AJC reported.