SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Unified School District came under fire Monday night from parents who object to the district policing their schools with the drug-sniffing dog.
Students and school officials will tell you, drugs are a problem in San Diego schools.
“I’ve seen people sniff coke in class,” one 12th grader told Fox 5 outside San Diego High School.
To deter drug activity in schools, district officials have hired an expert.
“Hey big boy, you ready? Let’s go have some fun,” said a K-9 handler before showing off San Diego Unified School District’s new drug-sniffing dog, Blitz.
“We’re not look at this as how we can punish students, we’re looking at this as a proactive way to get to students before the drug dealers do,” said SDUSD Police Chief, Reuben Littlejohn; “we can identify students who need help and then begin intervention sooner,” he added.
Blitz will be available upon request from principals to visit schools and search for drugs, but a number of parents say they oppose using the dog in schools.
“I don’t think the proper procedures have been put in place,” said one of many parents who met with school officials Monday night at San Diego High School to discuss the use of drug sniffing dogs in schools.
Many of them believe the district is going overboard and violating student’s civil rights.
“We’re policing them. I think it’s a real intimidation tactic, and I don’t think it’s healthy for the kids,” another parent told Fox 5.
The district obtained Blitz through a $60,000 grant.
After the meeting, district officials said they had no plans to change the program.