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Drug Dogs Pro/Con: Is it Invasion of Privacy or an Appropriate Preventative Action?

Drug Dogs Pro/Con: Is it Invasion of Privacy or an Appropriate Preventative Action?

Pro

Drug sniffing dogs are coming to campus this year. That’s a good thing. Students who carry drugs negatively influence others to try them.

There are many positive results that can come out of having these drug dogs on campus. For example, the threat of drug dogs at school will make the students fearful of bringing any illegal substances, thus creating a safer environment. This
deterrence is exactly what we need.

The drug dogs will remind students what really is at stake. If students know that dogs will be on campus searching for drugs
they’ll be less likely to bring illegal substances to school.

Students who brought drugs to school in the past did it because they knew they could get away with it. Drug sniffing dogs will ensure that students don’t bring anything illegal to school. The odds of getting away with it, inside of a locker or car are very slim.

Another positive aspect is that kids will come to realize the importance of school. Also kids who are not carrying or using substances will be more likely to pay better attention in school and dowell. That means better grades for many students. This makes CHS a better well-rounded school.

Students should be confident that drug dogs will have only positive outcomes for Clairemont High School.

Con

High school students are under attack! The 4th amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, which occur without probable cause or a search warrant issued by the court system.

Is it really necessary for students to live in a constant fear of the police? What probable cause does the school administration have for performing theses drug searches?

Moreover, random car searches are completely ridiculous. Not everyone has his or her own car, so the contents of the car may belong to family members.  The police dog wouldn’t know, and the student would unjustly get into trouble.

What if you are completely clean, but someone slips something into your car so that they don’t get in trouble? How can you prove that you’re innocent? The searches might be a potential set up to prove a point about drugs, but is it necessary to prove a point at the expense of a student?

Performing drug searches on high school students is age profiling!

Not every single student is guilty of possession on school property. There is a tiny percentage of students that actually use, and an even smaller percentage of students who would even consider bringing it on campus.

So why should every student be subjected to drug searches on our school campus? It’s a distraction to the learning environment that causes mistrust between students and the administration.

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