Commentary: Should School Officials Use Ruse for Drug Search?

Just one week after Superintendant Macary’s contract was truncated and replaced by a new 3 year contract, the Waterbury Republican- American reported that a drug search took place at Wolcott High School. Students informed their parents that they were told that intruders were in the schools and they were locked in their classrooms until an announcement was made that it was only a drill. According to the Republican – American article, only Superintendant Macary and the High School principal knew about the drill beforehand. The article also says that Macary did not know about the ruse mentioned below.

By Rick Green
Hartford Courant – 10/22/11

At Wolcott High School one morning this week, an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms.

Doors were locked and police, with dogs, moved in. Students stayed huddled in classrooms where they were told to stay away from the windows.

But what sounded like a frightening situation was just a search for narcotics. Drug-sniffing dogs combed the school while students stayed in locked classrooms, believing that an attacker was roaming the halls.

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3 Comments to “Commentary: Should School Officials Use Ruse for Drug Search?”

  1. I am trying to think back to my days at Wolcott High School, when Nick D’Agostino was Superintendent and Larry Shapiro was Principal. At that point, WHS was the 17th ranked high school in New England, according to academic achievement tests. I don’t think they would have tolerated this type of approach because they were always very straightforward with students. Tough at times, yes. But looking back 43 years later, the actions they took built character in all of us who graduated. We must ask ourselves, what are students to think about this type of leadership approach? Does it build confidence and trust in their school’s leaders? I think not, and this is why it became a news story in the top paper in the state.

  2. A lie is not the example or standard I expect from anyone in a position of leadership.

  3. This is a total outrage! How stupid is this administration? First, the parents of these students should demand that anyone involved be put on leave without pay. Second, if this was my child that was scared to death thinking there is a chance that he/she may or may not be killed in a few breif seconds, would be getting a call from my lawyer and removed from this school. (You do not use scare tactics against students that you are there to protect and serve (paid by my taxes)) Who would ever want to waste tax payer dollars on school administration that could make such poor choices? Also, every teacher in this school should be drug tested randomly throughout the year (probably more teachers doing drugs than students). Last but not least are the cops……….Come on Man! Really, just another reason never to trust the cops. FYI, you don’t need any kind of degree to be a cop, therefore you get a bunch of over excitied wannabes with guns and a sense of power. The lawyer stated above would also be starting the papers to sue the department also. (I thought it was a crime to start/induce mass panic?) These students are your children and there is nothing more important and I would be trying to save my kids from this entire district.


    Randy Burghy

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