Newport News Police called to Denbigh High for student with knife, drugs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Newport News Police Department was called to Denbigh High School on Tuesday because of a student found with contraband.

According to officials, the 16-year-old had a knife, marijuana, a lighter and pills in his backpack when met by police at the school. The items were found by a Newport News Public Schools Security Officer during a random search at Denbigh High.

After being cited by law enforcement, the student was released back to his mother.

NNPS provided News 3 with the following statement:

Newport News Public Schools strives to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff. NNPS conducts random searches of vehicles, lockers, desks and personal property to discourage students from unsafe activities and to discover potential prohibited items. Searches are conducted at the direction of the principal to help maintain a safe school environment.

During a random search on May 22 at Denbigh High School, several contraband items including a knife, pills, a lighter and marijuana were recovered from a student’s backpack. The student is facing disciplinary action from the school and was cited by the police department.