New Canine Search Dog In Grundy Schools
On Thursday, August 29, Loretta the K-9 search dog conducted her first monthly search on the campus of Grundy County High School since the Grundy County Board of Education voted unanimously to contract with Interquest Detection Canines out of Loudon, TN owned by Rocky Montgomery. Loretta and her handler along with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and Safe School’s Coordinator Chris Grooms searched the parking lot at Grundy County High School and then randomly searched some of the classrooms. Loretta is certified to find all varieties of drugs as well as firearms. She hit on a number of cars in the parking lot, with each being searched by Grundy County officers along with Mr. Grooms and new GCHS school resource officer David Shockley. Drugs were found in one car and the owner was punished according to the GCHS handbook. The penalty for having drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or firearms on school property is zero tolerance, which means that a student who breaks this rule will be expelled for one calendar year. Loretta will also be used at every elementary school in the county. The goal of the Grundy County Board of Education is to prevent the use and transfer of drugs in our schools by having random searches throughout the year. Pictured (l to r): Interquest Canine Handler Jonathan Montgomery, Safe Schools Manager Chris Grooms, GCHS Principal Amanda Lance, Interventionist David Lance, Grundy County Deputy Phillip Hobbs, and GCHS SRO David Shockley. Not pictured are Investigator Josh King, Chief Greg Higgins, and Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers.