Michigan Schools Violating Privacy Rights With Drug-Sniffing Dogs
One Michigan school official believes every school has drugs in it, which is the reason he launched a campaign to unleash a pack of drug-sniffing dogs on all the schools in his district. However, civil rights activists believe this tactic is a violation of privacy laws.
Charlie Brown, the security director for West Michigan’s Rockford school district recently employed the services of Interquest Detection Canines of Michigan, Inc. to search their campuses for myriad of illegal substances. The goal is to use dogs to search student lockers and even their vehicles in order to keep the campus drug free.
All of the searches are completely random, but the schools do hold student assemblies in an attempt to explain the nature of the shakedown. Here they explain that under law, students cannot be singled out and searched, as well as the punishments expected for anyone caught with illegal contraband – mostly just detention and suspension.
Unfortunately, while it seems school officials are looking out for the best interest of the kids, the program concerns civil rights activists. “It turns students into suspects in a place where we should be nurturing them and focusing on their learning,” said Marc Allen, with the ACLU of Michigan. “There are ways to do a search that are more narrow and don’t implicate people’s privacy rights.”
How do you feel about bringing drug-sniffing dogs in schools?