Williamstown High School went into lock down yesterday and together with the Monroe Township Police conducted an Anti Drug Operation at the school. No arrests were made, No guns were found.
“This was a planned and approved operation”, Chief John McKeown said of the police activity at the school. Approved by the Prosecutors office as well as the Board Of Education. 5 to 10 K9 teams spent the 2 hour lock down walking school grounds as well as the parking areas. Nothing of significance was found.
The procedure for all of this is quite simple. Students go on lock down, whereas they do not leave their classrooms, do not leave the school grounds. It’s pretty much the same procedure taken in an active shooter drill. K9 Units then walk the halls smelling everything, lockers, cars, bathrooms. Everywhere they can. If they get a hit, they inform the school officials where. It is then the schools responsibility to search that location. If something is found, it then becomes the schools decision how to proceed.
The Williamstown High School released this memo yesterday:
“We are going to keep our schools safe”, said, Charles Earling, Superintendent of Schools. “This is a national crisis”.
Information on the Opiate Initiative can be found here https://www.njsba.org/news-publications/school-leader/september-october-2016-volume-47-2/policy-update-schools-epidemic-opiate-abuse/