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Drug dogs daily in Escambia schools

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August

1266534-H.jpgThey admit that the instances when drug dogs find actual drugs in school is rare.

But that's not stopping Escambia school officials from ponying up thousands of dollars to have the drug-sniffing canines search one school each day during the new academic year.

"We're not trying to create a negative environment for the students," assistant superintendent Shawn Dennis told the Pensacola News-Journal. "We're trying to make them aware we take drugs on campuses seriously. We will be out there, we will be looking and we won't tolerate it when we find it."

Students won't be searched. Just spaces.

We've heard some School Board candidates right here in the Tampa Bay area call for similar action. And we've watched the list of drug-related suspensions and expulsions steadily continue over the years. But has it gotten so bad that districts need to sweep the schools every day?

(Photo from Shelbyville Times-Gazette)

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:09am]

    

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