Palm Springs to use drug dogs in schools

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. 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.

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