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Updated: BHS Locked Down for Drug Sweep

Police K9 units search high school and parking lot for illegal substances.

Brookfield’s K9 police unit, with assistance from canine units from surrounding towns, did a scheduled sweep of Brookfield High School (BHS) Thursday morning searching for “illegal substances or contraband,” according to principal Joseph Palumbo.

There were no arrests in the sweep, according to Brookfield police, and nothing was discovered, according to Palumbo.

The high school went into lockdown around 9 a.m. Thursday during the sweep of the school and parking lot and students were not allowed to leave their classrooms until 9:50 a.m.

The lockdown and search are an annual effort between Brookfield law enforcement and public schools. A similar search in 2010 turned up a quantity of marijuana in a student’s locker.

“As stated in our student handbook these sweeps are scheduled during the year to help us in our efforts to eliminate the possession or use of illegal substances or contraband,” Palumbo said. Though sweeps are scheduled and coordinated with law enforcement, parents and faculty are not informed until minutes before it happened.

An announcement was made in the building before the sweep began to let students know what was taking place and to avoid concern in regard to the presence of law enforcement officials on campus.

“Students found about the same as the teachers — 8:50,” Palumbo said, with only the two assistant principals, superintendent and members of the Board of Education (BOE) made aware beforehand.

Palumbo said he saw at least four drug-sniffing dogs at the school Thursday and was told they were trained to find marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.

In response to a question from a reader on the Brookfield Patch Facebook page, Palumbo stated that looking through the records at BHS “we never found one instance of a student found with heroin.”

An_opinion November 15, 2012 at 05:48 PM
This is great. They should do it on a weekly basis. We have such a bad drug problem here in Brookfield that I am no longer proud to say I live in the town. Now take the losers who got popped with drugs and bring the guys to Garner in Newtown and the girls to Danbury correctional. Let them spend 24-36 hours straight in prison to see what they may end up with a future.
Ken November 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
These are scheduled per the handbook so anyone getting caught must be really dumb. It appears the dates of these sweeps are announced in advance.
Aaron Boyd (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
No arrests were made, according to Brookfield police.
LFerrara November 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Is that true? Are these sweeps announced in advance? If that is the case then this is an utter waste of time and resources! The ONLY way kids stop is if they are CAUGHT, and have consequences. As a parent I would have no problem with unannounced surprise sweeps. From what I have been hearing about Brookfield, the amount of drugs, and specifically heroin, among our teenagers is disturbing.
Aaron Boyd (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Just updated the story, spoke with Joe Palumbo about this — while the students and parents are aware that these sweeps happen, the date and time is not announced until just before it happens.
MG November 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Ok I have kids in the HS and I just asked them about this huge "heroin" problem people are talking about. They said that is absolutely NOT true! So, how did you hear about this problem and how come I don't hear about it? (or why aren't these kids being arrested or helped?)
LFerrara November 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I've spoken to heartbroken brookfield parents several times when they discovered their kids were on heroin. It's absolutely devastating to see them so scared for their kids and feeling so helpless. And yes, of the three families I personally know, the children all went through rehab. Furthermore, their parents have reported that the hospital staff have commented on how it is prevalent in our area (and NM and Newtown). And by the way, I did not say "huge", I said disturbing...and I meant it happens right under our noses in our own neighborhood among our own kids. My son will be in the HS when he is older, so every time I hear of this issue it gets under my skin. It's very scary.
Rob Gianazza November 16, 2012 at 03:11 AM
We do not have a huge drug problem in Brookfield. Are there drugs? Yes. Are they being sold at the high school? This is the second sweep I am aware of. After the first sweep, so little marijuana was found, I wanted to brag about it to other districts. This sweep reportedly didn't find any. Why do we always want to assume the worst? I was involved in several drug related disciplinary actions during my eight years on the BOE. While I would prefer none, being realistic I saw that the type and quantities were minimal and isolated. Kids got the message, not on school grounds.
lmnop November 16, 2012 at 04:20 AM
really? i am a student at the school and there were SO MANY people who were talking about how they had weed in their car and were so happy that they didn't get busted. yes, our school has a major drug problem. so if you're not a student at the school where this took place, don't say there is no problem. and yes, i have witnessed drug deals IN THE SCHOOL.
Andrew Turkenkopf November 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Heroin would be a major drug a problem. Weed would not be a major drug problem.
Brian Boodry November 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
A hugh waste of time a resources ! Why are we conducting drug sweeps at school at 9:00 AM and then turning these kids loose on the streets at 2:00 in the afternoon (sometimes earlier), when parents are at work or otherwise occupied ? Perhaps the Brookfield PD needs to justify their expenditures on these resources.
Rob Gianazza November 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Not really. Random drug sweeps are a deterrent from bringing and selling drugs in school. I'd like to see them run a sweep at Whisconier Middle School as well. The Brookfield Substance Abuse Coalition has an excellent program available for all Brookfield residents (adults too). I'd also like to see them sweep the teachers parking lots as well.
Steven DeVaux November 16, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Please remember that the high school principal testified under oath that he has never seen a single case of an educator exhibiting sarcasm. Under oath. So that made it so. Now he is saying there are no drugs in the high school. Next?
Steven DeVaux November 16, 2012 at 08:28 PM
That's like saying beer is OK but Vodka is not.
Steven DeVaux November 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Oh great! Like Brookfield doesn't have enough drug problems without entangling non-resident teachers into the dragnet. There go substitute costs skyrocketing!
sock puppet November 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
THC is not a highly addictive opiate. It's a mild psychotropic.
Rob Gianazza November 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Steve, you're being less coherent than normal. Zero tolerance to drugs means no drugs in school. That includes students, staff, administrators, and visitors. It's important for the students to recognize that everyone is being held to the same standard.
Rob Gianazza November 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Steve, two states voted to legalize marijuana. The courts are taking a different view on marijuana as well. But so far as the schools are concerned, alcohol is not permitted on school grounds either.
Steven DeVaux November 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
That's like saying coffee addicts, yes it is defined as an addicition as well, can be served decaffinated coffee at PTO meetings at the high school but not cafinated coffee. Addicitions drive behavior. It has nothing to do with how addicitive. That's just degrees of addicition.
Steven DeVaux November 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
That they are sometimes.
Jim Marks November 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM
so all I need to do is go to BHS and a lackey will offer me some pot?
Steven DeVaux November 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Without sarcasm! And it's not pot any more, it's 'roids man.
Jim Marks November 21, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I wonder if any of those kids have prescriptions for their pot lol
long time resident November 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
How many BOE members have teenagers in the high school who could have passed around the word about the sweep to the other students?
Jim Marks November 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
did they pass the word to the left or the right?
Steven DeVaux November 26, 2012 at 02:01 AM
It must have been on the restroom walls in both the girls and the boys room.
Former BHS Student November 29, 2012 at 07:57 AM
as a former BHS student i can say, atleast in my time at BHS (class of 2010), yes there were drugs, but honestly never at school... scratch that, very rarley.. all that takes place under your nose BPD all over town, just not at the highschool lol.. and as far as the heroin problem goes... oh yeah there is a problem.. no doubt about that.... not in the high school tho.. as it is really recent.. i saw heroin once at BHS in 4 years.. one time.. only time i ever saw it in my highschool years come to think of it... right up until beginning of 2012... then, yeah, lots of dope.. the older kids back in the day had OC80's and what not, but they ended up changing the formula so the pills couldnt be snorted.. thus leading to a bunch of opiate addicted teenagers with no supply to stop their opiate withdrawl other than succoming to the evil pull of heroin... the thing is tho, that shit dont come aorund to the high school kids.. i cant think of a single BHS kid i know in school who does heroin.. soo.. idk.. honestly tho, i know way too many people outside BHS that do tho... its crazy
BobCat November 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Former BHS Student, are you kidding me? You clearly did not pay attention when they were teaching grammar in English class. Or perhaps you were stoned when you wrote this post. You should proofread before you post.

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