The Dominion Post 08 June 2009
Wellington schools have called in police sniffer dogs to search for drugs in a “desperate” move to tackle a growing problem that is “destroying” lives. One school principal has admitted pupils are smoking cannabis at school then turning up to class, and in some cases parents have supplied them with drugs. But using sniffer dogs has been criticised by the Drug Foundation, which described the move as a “blunt tactic” that created a climate of fear. After requests from schools, police have searched at least three schools in the past two weeks Wainuiomata High School, Tawa College and Taita College. Visits to other schools are understood to be planned.
Seven police officers and one dog went through eight classrooms at the Wainuiomata school on Thursday. Pupils were led from the classrooms, leaving their bags and cellphones behind so they could not alert friends. Although drugs were not found, principal Rob Mill was not surprised because he had decided to warn pupils about the visit.