Headmaster apologizes for police search at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy

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Posted on March 26, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:10 PM

SUFFOLK - The headmaster of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is apologizing to parents and criticizing police for a recent drug search at the private school.

Police cars and K-9s were at the school earlier this week and the dogs sniffed around about two dozen vehicles in the parking lot.

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Colley Bell told parents he was distressed.

According to search warrants, it was concerned school officials who requested police help.

Suffolk Police says the procedures used at NSA are the same used at public schools and officials stand behind their work.

"We found marijuana in a chargeable amount in one vehicle. We also found flake and residue and seeds in another number of vehicles. The thing that you need to understand about a dog is it alerts on scents that are in there currently or have been in there," explained Capt. Stephanie Burch with the Suffolk Police Dept.

"We absolutely stand behind them. We would not use them if we were not confident in their ability to do their job."

Headmaster Bell had no comment Thursday, but an NSA spokeswoman said it was an internal matter and that the school supports the police department.

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