ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Police and school officials at Woodglen Elementary School in Clarkstown are on alert Friday after several children found drugs and hypodermic needles in a wooded area behind the school on Thursday, said Clarkstown Police.
Concerned parents called police around 6:30 p.m. after the children found the items in a wooded area behind the baseball backstop, said Officer Peter Walker, spokesman for the Clarkstown Police Department.
Officers were able to retrieve the needles and some baggies that appear to be a narcotic. The children were unharmed and did not require medical attention. The parents of the children were at the scene, Walker said.
The Clarkstown School District was notified and will be conducting a thorough sweep of the school grounds Friday to ensure no other needles or drugs were present.
In addition, the Clarkstown Police Street Crime Unit will conduct surveillance of the school grounds and patrol units will increase their presence in the school area as this investigation continues, Walker said.
"We remind parents to teach children that if they encounter needles or what appears to be drug paraphernalia to stay away from the objects and notify their parents or the police," he added.
The Clarkstown Police Department will continue to work with the Clarkstown School District to address this problem. Residents who see anything suspicious are asked to contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800 or call 911.
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