Police Dogs Could Search for Drugs Inside Pleasanton Schools

Pleasanton Unified School District board members will discuss at tonight's meeting whether to allow the searches.

School officials will discuss at tonight's meeting whether to allow police-trained dogs to search for drugs inside Pleasanton schools.

A plan calls for periodic searches of parking lots and locker rooms — but only when students are not present.

Drug- and alcohol-related suspensions have almost doubled since 2006, according to a staff report. During the 2006-07 school year, there were 58 drug- or alcohol-related suspensions. In 2007-08, there were 59; in 2008-09, there were 70; in 2009-10, there were 96 and in 2010-11, there were 98.

So far in 2011-12, there have been 63 suspensions, compared with 45 at this time last year.

There have been parent and student meetings at Amador Valley, Foothill and Village high schools on the topic.

High School principals, school resource officers and other local leaders will be at the meeting and available for questions.

The school board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. inside the District Office Board Room, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

jake3_14 January 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Can you add links in this story to information about what else the school district is doing to address the root causes of this growing problem and resources for parents who suspect their kid has a substance abuse problem?
Tara January 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I think there should be no discussion and that the police should bring in drug sniffing dogs to do their job. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy outside the lockers after hours on a closed campus. I think discussing it ruins the element of surprise to find illegal activity. Anything extra the police can do to help prevent drugs on campus' and to minors I will support the police department 100%!!
Monica Campbell January 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I am agree with you Tara...as long as the search includes ALL students and not just a profiled group.
Sandy Piderit January 10, 2012 at 07:24 PM
That would be useful, Jake. Here are some links to resources for parents, gathered by the California state PTA: http://www.pta.org/topic_substance_abuse.asp I am especially concerned about alcohol abuse by our teens, since it seems to occur at much higher rates than drug use. I wonder if there is anything more the school district could be doing beyond what is taught in the middle school health classes. It's probably pretty rare for students to drink on campus or come to school after drinking... at least I hope so.
timothy January 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I'd be looking at a way to have dogs sniff their backpacks...that is where students have hidden their drugs for years. Stoners have always gotten away with anything, and I recall some of the teachers way back in the 70s always looked the other way...because they were stoners, too.
Tanya Rose January 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Sandy - Thank you for the info!! And thanks everyone else for weighing in. Patch will be at the meeting tonight - we'll have a story tomorrow.


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