Unannounced drug search prompts lockdowns at Bedford high schools

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The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says their findings included a pellet gun in a student's car and a small amount of marijuana in a student's book bag.


Students at all three Bedford County high schools started their day with an unannounced search for drugs, which included canine units and deputies from surrounding localities, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after the first bell of the day, school resource officers at Liberty, Jefferson Forest, and Staunton River High Schools called for a low-level lockdown of their schools, according to a statement Major Ricky Gardner at the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. A low-level lockdown is a situation where students are confined to classrooms and instruction continues, Gardner explained.

Gardner said the drug search was planned in advance by law enforcement, but school administrators were not informed of the plan in advance.

Gardner said today's action was not prompted by a specific concern. No information about possible arrests or law enforcement action resulting from today's search was immediately available.