The Norman Transcript

March 25, 2014

Lockdown at Southmoore for drug search

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — Drug dogs were brought into Southmoore High School Tuesday morning and the school was put on lockdown for about an hour.

Head Principal Roy Smith said the lockdown is done two or three times a year for drug prevention. An outside agency is contracted with the school to check the school and its parking lot for illegal substances.

“It’s for education and prevention,” Smith said. “It’s drug awareness just to let the students know ‘Hey, we are on the lookout for drugs.’”

Smith said it has many positive and negative effects. It helps keep drugs out of the school because kids will not want to get caught and it could make them think twice about getting involved in drugs, he said.

It’s not a full-blown lockdown, parents can still pick up their children if they need to. The student will be escorted to the office by an adult and their parent can pick them up, Smith said.

Tuesday’s lockdown lasted from about 9:20 a.m. to 10:30 or 10:40 a.m., which is pretty typical, he said.