Although narcotics detection dogs picked up the scent of drugs six times during a search Thursday of Moffat County High School, police didn't find illegal substances.I fail to understand how interrupting the school day by bringing in ineffective dogs does anything to foster a "quality learning environment."
School officials requested the search after finding marijuana at the school earlier this year, Craig police Officer Alvin Luker said.
"Our mission is to create a safe, quality learning environment, and that environment needs to be drug free," Assistant Principal Thom Schnellinger said.
At least one of the dogs used in the search has an appropriate name.
Folks and his dog, Tzar, also participated in the search.But let's all rest assured that the school officials and police involved know what's best for the students, okay?
The police department has an agreement with the high school to conduct searches using drug dogs. High school officials request searches, but they must have a specific reason. School officials also must agree to pursue a criminal investigation if an illegal substance is found during such searches.
"Our policy states that we won't do a search just because there's suspicion of drugs," Luker said. "There has to be a definite need."
Let's hope some of the local parents raise a stink that this intrusive search failed to reveal a "definite need" for doing anything like this ever again.
"Our purpose is not to try to get kids in trouble for carrying dope," he said. "We're trying to keep kids from bringing it to school. We have to do certain things to protect our children from others."How can the courts agree that these dogs' alerts amount to "reasonable suspicion" when they falsely alert over and over again?
If dogs give an alert at a locker, school officials take action, Schnellinger said.
"(An alert) creates a scenario of what's called reasonable suspicion," he said. "We will address this with students and parents, on an individual basis."