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Summerville High School undergoes drug searches by canine units

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Dorchester District 2 (DD2) has instituted measures to make sure that no contraband items are on campus, and soon they will have canine units search for these illicit items.

Continuing this week, police officers with dogs will be randomly coming into classrooms to sniff for and find contraband that students potentially have. This is because DD2 wants to cut down on contraband on school campuses, so they instituted these measures to make sure illegal items are not on campus.

“These drug searches are a good idea because when you think about it it’s the only way to check for contraband, ” said Jeniya Brown, a freshman student.

“Yes, they are effective because they are random and people aren’t prepared or they don’t expect them to search,” stated Eliza Blackwell, also a freshman.

Opinions on the searches are not all positive, however.

“[Drug searches by canine units] aren’t a good idea because it wastes time and some teachers have to change plans,” Blackwell on the negative impact of drug searches, “They are very disruptive. In Sports Med we planned to work on CPR but the dogs made us switch plans.”

Drug searches like these mainly attempt to prevent potentially illegal trades; they also strive to stop students from using drugs that can be dangerous to them, the people around them, and  jeopardize their future.

When these searches happen, the dogs do not directly come into contact with the students, and the students will be temporarily taken out of the classroom for the duration of the search. While some believe that the searches will disrupt students’ focus on lessons, individual classroom searches take only about 5-15 minutes. Entire sectional searches may take about an hour, which puts the section on a soft lockdown. During a soft lockdown, teachers continue with their lessons, but students are not allowed out in the halls for a period of time.

However, the school will not have the searches happen all at once; only small sections of the school are searched at a time. This cuts down on how many students lose learning time during the searches.

With these searches, the district is going to try their best to make sure that there will not be any more contraband on school campuses.

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