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11-07-2003, 10:57 PM
Police, school district defend drug raid

(CNN) --After complaints from parents and students, police in Goose Creek, South Carolina, defended their decision Friday to send a team of officers, some with guns drawn, into a high school earlier this week for a drug raid that turned up no drugs.

The Berkeley School District north of Charleston, South Carolina, also defended its role in the incident, which has triggered outrage among some in the community.

Stratford High School students described Wednesday's incident as frightening.

"They would go put a gun up to them, push them against the wall, take their book bags and search them," Aaron Sims, 14, told CNN affiliate WCSC. "They just came up and got my friend, not even saying anything or what was going to happen. ... I was scared."

Sims said his mother was "a little angry," but his father understood and "thought it was necessary."

Lt. Dave Aarons of the Goose Creek Police Department said the raid, the first the department has done at a school, followed a police investigation into drug activity that began after a student informed school staff about drug sales on school property.

Police monitored video from school surveillance cameras for several days and "observed consistent, organized drug activity," he said. "Students were posing as lookouts and concealing themselves from the cameras."

When the principal saw more of the same suspicious activity on the school surveillance video, he asked for the officers to respond, Aarons said.

On Wednesday, 14 officers went to the school "and assumed strategic positions," he said.

Within 30 seconds, officers had moved to "safely secure the 107 students who were in that hallway," Aarons said. "During that time some of the officers did unholster in a down-ready position, so that they would be able to respond if the situation became violent."

"The school also designated faculty to secure the hallway to keep other students from entering," Aarons said.

Anytime narcotics and money are involved he said there is "the reasonable assumption that weapons will be involved. ... Our primary concern was the safety of the students (and) everyone else involved.




11-08-2003, 09:55 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr>
"They would go put a gun up to them, push them against the wall, take their book bags and search them,"
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*#%&amp;@* Jack-booted stormtroopers. Idiots.

All over a joint or two. How ridiculous. Must not be much other crime in Goose Creek /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

11-08-2003, 01:57 PM
Marijuana is a horribe gateway drug which causes violence and destroys the family. On top of that, purchasing marijuana helps support terrorist organizations. Marijuana use kills more people per year than alcohol, tobbaco and all other illegal drugs combined. I applaud the police and the principal of this school for helping stop this scourge on America.


11-08-2003, 02:19 PM
Sounds like an oration by Sgt. Joe Friday LOL

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Joe Friday:</font><hr>"Mister, I judge pot by the company it keeps"<hr /></blockquote>

You've convinced me. Off with their little pointed heads /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif