Thursday, February 16, 2012

After Finding No Drugs on Campus, High School Gets Ready to Look Again

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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When administrators down at Hoover High School in North Canton got sick of hearing the rumor mill finger their school as a hotbed of illicit substances, they did what any self-respecting education officials would do in 21st Century America — they called in the K9 unit for a sweep.

The raid went down in January, and the drug-nosing pooches turned up nothing while sniffing through lockers and hallways. But how did the administration award the student body for the drug-free campus? They decided to order up another drug raid, this time, according to Patch, on the cars in the student parking lot.

The second raid was announced at the district meeting last night.

But Hoover High Principal Tony Pallija said a follow-up search of students’ vehicles this spring should reinforce the need for safety and compliance at the school.

“Sometimes they just need friendly reminders,” Pallija said at Wednesday night’s North Canton City Schools Board of Education meeting. “It sends a message to the students and the community that we’re not going to tolerate people bringing drugs into Hoover High School.”

This is pretty idiotic, ask us.

It sends the wrong message. Why not just keep it inside the school? The car is a separate space, as Jay-Z could articulate memorably to law enforcement: “Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back / and I know my rights so you gon' need a warrant for that.”

Does this second raid really “reinforce” anything? Nah, this is just an escalation, and that's the message it sends, not that you want to make sure the school is clean, but that you want to find drugs no matter what, and if you don't find them in the lockers, well damnit, you're going into the parking lot. If the parking lot is clean, will the school be satisfied? Rule enforcement here becomes a witch hunt.

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