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River Hill HS Search Uncovers Bottle Rockets, Hunting Knife, Drugs: Principal

Students had a visit from one of the Howard County Police Department's K-9 officers.

River Hill High School (Credit: Patch File Photo)
River Hill High School (Credit: Patch File Photo)

Police found drugs, alcohol and some other contraband during a K-9 search Monday morning at River Hill High School, according to the school's principal.

Bottle rockets, a hunting knife, a can of beer, marijuana paraphernalia and over-the-counter medications were found as a result of the search, Principal Nicholas Novak reported in an email to parents. 

"...the administration, teachers, staff and police department remain committed to providing a drug and alcohol-free educational environment," Novak said. "We also appreciate your efforts as well to keep your child drug and alcohol-free."

One of the students singled out in the drug scan told administrators that the items found were from a party this past weekend, Novak said.

The principal encouraged parents whose children want to attend parties to call the parents hosting the gathering beforehand and ask these questions:

  • Do they know a party is happening?
  • Will the parents be there?
  • How many people are attending?
  • What are they doing to ensure the event is drug and alcohol-free?
"Believe me," Novak said, "you’re not being a busybody or a nag; you’re being responsible!"

Monday's search was prescheduled, according to the Howard County Police Department, which reported it was not clear whether charges would be filed.

Earlier in the month, a search of a student's vehicle at Long Reach High School uncovered two knives. Police were called to the school after rumors of a fight spread.

Related: Student Search at Long Reach Yields 2 Knives


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