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Drug-Sniffing Dogs May Roam Pierson Halls

According to 27East, Sag Harbor would be the first South Fork school district to authorize use of drug-sniffing police dogs to scan student lockers and cars.

Drug-sniffing police dogs are already used in high schools further west on Long Island, but Sag Harbor may be the first school district to bring them to the South Fork.

According to a report from 27East, the Sag Harbor School Board is considering the regular use of such dogs to search students' lockers and vehicles at as a method of deterring them from bringing drugs onto the campus.

K-9 police units from the Suffolk County Police Department would come in four to five times a year, for free.

Superintendent Dr. John Gratto recommended the board have an official policy, though the administrators have always reserved the right to take such measures.

The board will discuss the proposal further on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6.

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Hazel Wilkonson the First January 11, 2012 at 08:57 PM
"God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board." Mark Twain
Loretta Lynch January 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Sorry, Dogs are good. I remember cleaning out lockers the last day of school and finging Welches Grape Juice which was sold in the Caf., mixed with booze. The question should be. DO YOU OR DON'T YOU WANT YOUR KIDS SAFE, HEALTHY AND HAPPY. Good Luck to Sag Harbor.FYI: I think this says to the kids WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH THAT WE WILL DO ANYTHING NECESSARY TO KEEP YOU SAFE.
Penny Benbenek January 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Hey, how about parents stop holding drinking parties at their own homes, for underage kids under the totally lame excuse that "it might stop them from drinking elsewhere"? That seems to be me, to be a first step. I am the parent of a 24 yr old, but if this was considered while she was in school...you can bet I would have been at a school board meeting, crying foul. Not to point a finger, but would this also apply to the faculty. Good for one, good for all. The parents need to voice their opinions on this one. Personally, it's an invasion of privacy to me. Next up, patdowns & searches of backpacks, etc.
Loretta Lynch January 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
You are so right Penny, but many parents walk with blinders. I also agree what is good for the kids is good for all adults working in the school system. It has, is, and probably will always be a problem. The answer? God knows.
Pat January 25, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Exactly, we love you so much we are going to subject you to a strip search. Then we are going to water board you to make sure you are telling the truth.

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