High School Anti-Drug Lesson Daringly Different 3/24/00

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Teachers and administrators at St. Clairsville High School in Mertins Ferry, Ohio were shocked last week when a team of local, state and federal law enforcement officers conducted an unannounced drug sweep at the school.

According to the Mertins Ferry Leader, officers, some in S.W.A.T. gear, entered the school last Friday (3/17) while police cars surrounded the building and blocked nearby roads. An undisclosed number of students were rounded up and arrested for their alleged crimes in connection with a six-month investigation.

Mertins Ferry schools Superintendent Lorrinda Saxby told the Leader that she had been notified of the impending raid about an hour before it occurred, but she had not expected it to be so dramatic.

"I was under the impression that it was going to be done quietly," she told the Leader. "When I got up there and saw the men in combat gear, I was stunned."

Local county sheriff Tom McCort told the Leader the raid was justified because he believes the school has a drug problem -- even though, according to Saxby, McCort had never been to the school before nor contacted administrators there to discuss his concerns.

McCort also told the Leader that the Clairsville students needed to learn a lesson about drugs. He said, "There is more to education than what's in books, slides and films. The students need to see there is no tolerance."

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