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Drug-Sniffing Dog Contract Considered for Renewal


Thursday, August 15, 2013
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The Santa Barbara school board will vote on whether to renew its contract with the company that provides schools with drug-sniffing dogs. Controlled-substance violations at the district’s high schools dipped to a 10-year low — 139 — last year, the first with the dogs. The cost to the district will be $13,500 for 60 half-day visits. Board President Monique Limón indicated she felt the money could be better invested. Trustee Pedro Paz questioned what the number of violations really meant, without context. He was also concerned about public perception — however incorrect — that the dogs are the district’s primary form of intervention.

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Teaching our children that the law of the land doesn't actually apply to them...

Forever ingraining a fear and distrust of the police.

Forever embedding a mistrust of authority and of the educators who lie to their faces with falsehoods and fake science...

And not a inkling of an impact on the underlying problem...

That's what this and every other such program does. In case you were curious...

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
August 15, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Absolutely in favor of drug-sniffing dogs: It successfully keeps lots of drugs off campus, reduces the need for the teaching staff to be drug-monitors, and most importantly gives kids a very plausible reason to refuse drugs. Rather than the age-inappropriate 'my parents will kill me' they can simply say, 'the dogs will find it'. Marijuana is not what it used to be, and kids are highly susceptible to problems. 9% become chronic users, higher rates of psychosis, unintended pregnancy, etc. Dog monitoring / deterrence is effective, and relatively inexpensive, and now we know it works. Our kids are, by far, the most precious things in our lives; lets keep them healthy.

meneush (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

4th Amendment to the Constitution,

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized"

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The wrong kind of people are breeding....look for more problems in the future, as California schools continue to go downhill. The parents are not doing their job.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's just too easy to "blame parents", or "teachers" , or even the children, themselves! Socio-economic inequalities are on the increase in our land, and poverty/affluence are the single most obvious reason for reduced learning. Certainly, parents can do better, teachers need to do better [fire the bad ones, have rigorous assessment], many principals are lousy [cut at the top!]... but we aren't funding the schools properly!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When I attended Romper Room High School they treated us like children.

They talked down to us with their continuous Suzy Ra Ra bumbling bureaucratic mentality.

So you turn 18 as many of us did and it was down to Selective Service to register for the Draft, I believe Selective Service registration is still the law but no one does it. At least they finally let us Vote.

So are you a child or a man. On one hand you are man enough to go to a foreign country and kill people in the name of the Old Farts in Congress but not man enough to have any respect at Romper Room H.S. from the bureaucrats in the administration. High School is demeaning.

We did not go to Grad Night or Senior Ditch Day or any of other Ra Ra events, they never found out who published the underground newspaper that was run on the school mimeograph, it was the honor students, dummies.

One of us graduated from MIT in four years with two majors, one is a prominent Physician, and we all succeeded but certainly raise our collective middle finger to Romper Room Public High School.

High School is a joke because it fails to treat the students as equals and that is one reason it fails as opposed to Europe that raises young adults.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
August 17, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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