Unannounced searches find Galion Schools campus is clean

April 23, 2019

The Galion City School District, in cooperation with the Galion, Mount Gilead and Mansfield Police Departments, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, conducted unannounced searches of the Galion High School and Galion Middle School and found no illegal substances in the buildings or on the property Tuesday, April 23.

The searches were organized by Galion School Resource Officer Ralph Burwell and included six canine units. Lockers, classrooms, parking lots and grounds outside each building were searched.

“We want students to know we will randomly conduct these searches,” Galion Superintendent Jim Grubbs said. “If this is a way to keep one kid from getting hooked on drugs then we will keep doing these kinds of things.”

Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Martin conducted an assembly at the Middle School during the search. Deputy Martin talked to the students about making good choices at both school and in the community, cyberbullying and the dangers that exist in the digital world.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Mark McLaughlin spoke to High School students at the same time. Trooper McLaughlin discussed the dangers of distracted driving and spoke about safety during the prom season.

“My goal is to maintain the safety of students and staff at the schools and build trust with families to show them that we’re working hard to keep the Galion City Schools a drug free environment,” School Resource Officer Burwell said. “I found exactly what I wanted to find today, which was absolutely nothing.”

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