October 9, 2009 11:17:00 AM
Lowndes County School District officials are taking extra precautions to prevent criminal activity, including drug use, on school campuses.
Funded by community donations, a drug-sniffing dog is available for use on New Hope, Caledonia and West Lowndes campuses, joining the presence of a Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office reserve officer on each campus.
"We placed an SRO on each campus this year and individuals in the community undertook the task of raising funds for the drug dog for the Lowndes County schools," said LCSD Superintendent Mike Halford, noting the move is a "joint action between the LCSD, the (LCSO) and the community to make school safety a priority."
"This is an example of community schools and law enforcement working together to enhance the quality of education and life in our county," he added.
An LCSO deputy is responsible for the dog and supervising drug searches on the LCSD campuses.
"It is rewarding to know the proper steps are being taken and we are being successful to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals in our schools," Halford said.
alan commented at 10/10/2009 1:14:00 PM:
Am I the only one who finds it funny the county schools want to use a drug dog, but yet the city schools (Columbus High in particular) seem oblivious to the boatload of beer, wine, and other spirit bottles all over their parking lot? Not to mention the fact it is pretty clear there are student drinking during, and after, school in the parking lot.
Lemme know when you get ready to get real Columbus.
opinionated college student commented at 10/11/2009 12:08:00 AM:
let kids have a life like you all did
alan commented at 10/11/2009 8:16:00 AM:
So nevermind the laws about having alcohol on a school campus? Ok, while we're ignoring laws lets ignore some more of them.
First, I'll need you to get out of MY car. It's not yours anymore. And I'll be needing your wallet too.
Next, how about you start working around my house right quick like huh? Nevermind the wages: just get to work.
Do you have any stuff at your house (soon to be my house just because I say so) I might want??
I don't know who told your immature self that drinking on the school property, especially underaged drinking, was "having a life" but they were pee'n on your leg and telling you it was raining.
Maybe you should try growing up first??
jimbo commented at 10/11/2009 9:24:00 AM:
why don,t they employ a drug dog down at the projects or the trailer park .
college student commented at 10/11/2009 11:34:00 AM:
I understand where they are coming from, but you're dealing with teenagers. I dont really think that a dog is going to make that big of a difference. If you want to talk safety, what about metal detectors? The kids are smart enough to know the dog is there, and probably just won't even bring anything in the school with them. Every teen will face trying drugs, haven't we all been faced with that issue in our lives?? Teens are rebellous, if they plan to do something they are still going to do it, especially if your trying to intimate them or tell them that they can't do something.If the drug dog is at school, they will just go to a friend's place or any other public place after school lets out and still do what they want. I personally think there should be more focus on weapons rather than the drugs. We should educate kids on the dangers of abusing drugs for sure, especially on the effects of drugs on thier development, and I believe that is about all you can do in that area. You can't actually make anyone do anything. If a child brings a gun in the school, there is alot more lives at risk. Why not spend the money on something we can control?
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