BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy team (SRD) and K-9 “Chico,” conducted searches at local high school campuses Thursday. The searches were targeted towards the possession of illegal drugs and tobacco.
Searches were conducted at Gridley, Biggs, Esperanza, and Durham High Schools. The SRDs have conducted searches similar to this in the Oroville area.
At each school, three classrooms were randomly selected by the school administrators. The students were informed of the purpose of the search and given the opportunity to volunteer any contraband in their possession, deputies said.
The students were then asked to leave the room so K-9 Chico could conduct his search.
Chico sniffed around the students’ backpacks and chairs. A school administrator was present for each of the searches, according to deputies.
When Chico alerted on a backpack, the owner of the backpack was identified and asked to step into the room, away from other students. The backpack was searched for contraband, and the student was asked to turn out their pockets, according to deputies.
The SRD team said they reported no illegal drugs were found. But two vaping devices and three pocket knives were found.
One student was arrested for assaulting school faculty during one of the searches, according to deputies.
The Sheriff’s Office said they would like to encourage parents to discuss the potential health dangers of illegal drug and tobacco use, as well as the potential issues that arise with the possession of prohibited substances at school.