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Forum staff reports, Published September 27 2012

Fargo South locks down for canine drug search

FARGO – Fargo South High School was briefly locked down this morning for a routine canine narcotics search in the parking lot, according to Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel.

The search resulted in no alerts, and was done at the request of the school system, Vettel said.

“We periodically do these searches at the request of Fargo Public Schools, primarily at the high school level,” he said.

For safety reasons, it’s normal for schools to be locked down while canine units perform narcotic searches, Vettel said.

“That’s protocol for (schools), whether they search the inside or the outside of the building,” he said. “It’s safer for everyone, because there are dogs around.”

Staff of the high school used the opportunity to conduct a lockdown drill at the same time that the search was going on, Vettel added.

“They decided to utilize the opportunity. It was pretty standard,” he said.

The school reopened once the canine search and drill were complete.