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Amity BOE Takes No Action on Drug Sniffing Dog Policy

Topic will be addressed again in September

The Amity Board of Education last night discussed but took no action on the change of verbiage in its policy regarding student searches by drug sniffing dogs.

Any time an Amity policy is changed, the topic needs to be on a school board meeting agenda twice before the board can take action. Since there is no meeting in July, and August is a month of many vacations and other obligations, the board decided to hold off until September to discuss the policy change again and perhaps then vote.

"I want to make sure we understand that we are not promoting searches by drug-sniffing dogs," said board member Tracey Lane Russo.

On May 3,  so that police could comb the building for drugs. Nothing was found.

The Amity Board of Education’s policy committee last month agreed to recommend to the full board a change in policy verbiage that would allow drug-sniffing dogs to sniff students when there is suspicion of drugs. The proposed change would have the policy more in line with state law regarding personal searches. 

“The current policy is inconsistent because it absolutely prohibits a search by dogs, while state law permits it,” Russo said in May. “If a student knows he can never be sniffed by a dog, he’ll put the drugs on his person and sit in the classroom where it’s safe.”

Board member Sue Cohen was the lone naysayer at the committee meeting. The minutes to that meeting are here. She disagrees with the use of drug-sniffing dogs in the schools: "I think it's disrespectful to students," she says. "Most kids are here to learn, not to be under the threat of being policed by dogs."

Her fellow board member Thomas Hurley explained the process in this video.

"Individuals should not be searched except as permitted by law," Hurley said.

kathy June 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Mrs. Cohen, and many of the parents seemed to be more concerned with the rights of drug users than the rights of students to attend a drug free school! There seemed to be a good number of parents who don't understand that they are parents first. Our job is not to be their friends. OUr children will not be harmed in any way by a tame, sniffing dog! If they don't wish to be found with drugs, they should either quit, or leave their stuff at home. Parents who are afraid that their kids will be found with drugs should discuss these options with their kids. I'm so tired of the rights of the trouble makers superceding the rights of the well behaved kids who are there to learn and enjoy positive experiences.
kathy June 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I would like to add that I believe that it does take a villiage to raise a child in this world. If my children were found to have drugs, and after the shock wore off, I would feel thankful that I found out before any permanent damage could be done. I would be glad that another adult cared enough to help me to help my kid. I would wonder how I missed it...even though any parent can miss the signs. My kids are not perfect and are faced with the same peer pressures. My kids lives and safety are more important to me than their "rights".
Walter H. White June 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Drug dogs are a useless expense of tax payer money. They already wasted way too much of this money on the security cameras that film 1 frame every 2 seconds. Use the money for educational purposes, not on useless drug dogs that can't even find anything when the entire school is on lock down.
Raymond Cora June 14, 2012 at 07:02 AM
just as Aaron said I'm amazed that a student can get paid $6883 in one month on the internet. did you see this web page ho.io/qaur
vegas, v June 15, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I dogs that come into the schools are from other departments no cost to the town Eienstien))))

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