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Sheriff takes corrective action over WCHS search complaints

After stories broke Monday regarding a search conducted at Worth County High School led parents and students to complain about how the search was handled, the Worth County Sheriff's Office released the following statement signed by Sheriff Jeff Hobby Tuesday afternoon. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

After stories broke Monday regarding a search conducted at Worth County High School led parents and students to complain about how the search was handled, the Worth County Sheriff's Office released the following statement signed by Sheriff Jeff Hobby Tuesday afternoon:

On April 14, 2017, the Worth County Sheriff's Office conducted an authorized search at the Worth County High School. In the weeks leading up to April 14th, the Sheriff's Office received information and complaints from the citizens of Worth County regarding illegal drugs at the high school. The Sheriff contacted the Superintendent of the Worth County School District and the Principal of the high school to inform them of the situation and the Principal and the Sheriff agreed on the date of the pat down. During the pat down, Sheriff's Deputies were instructed to perform a basic and non-intrusive pat down of each student. This was performed in the presence of the Principal. After the pat down was conducted, it was discovered that one of the deputies had exceeded the instructions given by the Sheriff and conducted a pat down of some students that was more intrusive than instructed by the Sheriff. Upon the discovery of the deputy's actions, the Sheriff has taken corrective action to insure that this behavior will not occur again.

FOX 31 has reached out to the Worth County Sheriff's Office for more information on what the corrective action is in relation to the search.


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