11 Jan 2006

Hawaii education seeking legal opinion over drug dogs in schools

6:01 pm on 11 January 2006

The board of education in Hawaii is seeking a legal opinion from the state attorney general on the legality of putting drug sniffing dogs at public schools.

The Associated Press says Board of Education members are pushing for having the drug dogs in two schools on Maui island, but some officials are worried that they might be sued by upset parents.

The board committee decided at a meeting Monday to ask the state attorney general for an opinion on the legality of using drug dogs in schools.

Administrators said they were concerned they might be invading students' privacy rights.

Hawaii schools have been looking for new ways to cut down on drug abuse and distribution on their campuses.

If the drug dog program gets the approval of the attorney general's office and the Board of Education, it could be expanded to other interested schools statewide.