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Palm Springs to use drug dogs in schools

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Palm Springs Unified School District announced it will use drug-detecting dogs at its middle and high school campuses starting in December.The dogs will sniff backpacks and students' other personal belongings.

According to a 2006-2008 California Health Kids survey, up to 13 percent of district students in grades seven through eleven said they've used marijuana on school property.

Since 2008, the district has seen a 17-percent increase in the number of students suspended for drug-related offenses, a district official told the Desert Sun, a local newspaper.

The American Civil Liberties Union has raised objections of the drug-sniffing dogs, citing concerns about student privacy.

The drug detection program will be funded using federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities funds.

City News Service contributed to this report.