<b>Sniff-Sniff:</b>  For the third year in a row, drug dogs will search high school campuses for narcotics.

Paul Wellman

Sniff-Sniff: For the third year in a row, drug dogs will search high school campuses for narcotics.

Drug-Dog Days Continue

Despite Zero Busts Last Year, School Board Renews Contract

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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When canines arrive on a high school campus to sniff out drugs, a texting frenzy among students quickly spreads the news. These “drug dogs” have roamed Santa Barbara high schools once a month for the past two years. And the school board voted Tuesday in a 3-2 split for the hounds to return for a third. The dogs, which cost the district $13,500 annually, search parking lots and classrooms. Perhaps impacting the results, students can choose to take their backpacks out of the classroom during the searches, an effort to uphold privacy rights ​— ​and to likely avoid lawsuits. Last year, the dogs did not find any drugs.

Drug offenses have mostly declined since they peaked during the 2009-2010 school year, when 258 students were caught, according to school staff. Last school year, 147 students were busted for using or selling drugs. The issue of drug dogs has for years split boardmembers who tend to vote unanimously on most issues. The general decline in drug offenses cannot necessarily be attributed to the dogs, argued Boardmember Monique Limón, who opposed renewing the contract. In fact, all types of infractions have decreased. And expulsion cases continue to be drug related, she added. Drug-sniffing dogs have increasingly shown up in public schools across the country, inviting a militant atmosphere on campuses, opponents contend.

But the program is a preventative one, say supporters, who credit the zero hits and decreased offenses in part to the random searches by the drug-sniffing dogs. Also, the district spends more than $200,000 on drug prevention programs, Boardmember Ed Heron said.


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This school counselor sums it up in 18 seconds. No drug dogs are needed.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 3:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's important to condition our children to be comfortable with living in a fascist police state so that they will be well adjusted as adults.

random_kook (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 10:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

1. I think the dog dudes are ripping off the school district. $13K?? Do your job cops. The dogs need walking anyway.

2. This could be handled in more casual way instead lining people up with a dog sniffing every nook and cranny, do some random walk throughs unannounced.

3. I think this is a good program generally and showing results. I am not a police state fan, but if you aren't bringing dope to school, what does one have to fear?

4. It may also, though interaction with troublesome parents, result in other clues to nefarious activities.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is all I have to say about that.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)


"if you aren't bringing dope to school, what does one have to fear?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe an enemy slipping "dope" through the vents into your locker or slipping some into a compartment in your backpack?

But for the real answer, see random_kook's response - this is all conditioning for them to accept living in a police state as adults. I hope it has the opposite of the intended effect.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Socialism for Fascism is what they voted for.

spacey (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Guess why I no longer vote for public school bond measures?

If I had a kid, I wouldn't let them step foot in one of those government indoctrination centers.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2014 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No Fourth Amendment in the re-education camps.


'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 29, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am sure glad all the students speak fluent English and know their algebra already, so they can devote their priorities to drug dogs instead.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2014 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe there were no drugs because the miscreants knew the dogs were there and therefore didn't bring drugs.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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