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June 10, 2005

Small wins count, too

Every little win for common sense in the misbegotten "war on drugs" is precious, so here's a round of applause for the Dubuque school board, which voted this week to ban drug dogs from the district's schools.

Parent Rebecca Nolan told the board that, "To present to our kids that they have no rights is disgusting."

Oh,that more parents felt that way and were willing to speak up.

Posted by jcb at June 10, 2005 02:21 PM


It passes my understanding that ANY civilized adult would think that it's a good idea to run drug dogs through a school. We ought to be smart enough to sort out problems without making the whole place feel like a gulag. Unless it's gulag lessons we think kids need to learn.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 10, 2005 04:46 PM

On the other hand, what difference does it make? My son goes to a rural middle school. Two of the students were busted for buying/selling drugs. What was the punishment? A 10 day suspension. Yeah, I'm cryin'. Rights without consequences----doesn't that encapusalate the left/lib/Dem mentality? I'm sure the dealer/user had a bad home life.

Posted by: paladin at June 12, 2005 02:30 PM

Two kids were caught and a whole lot more were accused for NO reason. What sense does that make?

Posted by: Anonymous at June 16, 2005 09:45 PM

Yes, anonymous 6/16@9:45pm, you make the point I intended to make before I got distracted. If the school is going to terrorize the whole school with drug-sniffing dogs, but only give the dopers/dealers a 10 day suspension, what is the point? Frankly, I think dogs going through your locker is scarier than a 10 day suspension. I'm sure most Middle Schoolers agree. My son says that some will plant drugs in other's lockers just to get revenge for whoknowswhat. The school handbook says not to give your locker combination out to anyone just for this reason.

It's a weird world now, ain't it?

Posted by: paladin at June 17, 2005 12:58 PM