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News - May 25, 2012

Amador high teen busted in drug dog sweep

Second high school searched under new policy

by Glenn Wohltmann

The second sweep of a high school by drug detection dogs was "pretty much a non-event," according to Amador Valley High School Principal Jim Hansen.

"There was one hit," Hansen confirmed.

The sweep took place on Thursday, May 17, at about 10:30 a.m. and lasted about a half hour, he said. It focused on a parking lot, and not gym lockers, which are also permitted under school district policy.

A drug detection dog alerted to a car; no drugs were found, according to a police report, which said a search of the car turned up a knife.

A 16-year-old male was arrested for possession of a knife on school grounds. His name has been withheld because he is a juvenile.

Hansen, who said the aim of the sweeps is school safety, called it a success, although one aspect -- doing the sweeps without being seen by students -- didn't work out.

"We tried to do it at a time when the kids are in class, but of course, there's one building with a window that faces the parking lot," he said.

Hansen said because of that, news of the search spread though the school.

No one was arrested in the first search, which took place at Foothill High on Friday, May 4, during third period.

That search, which took about an hour, also focused on a parking lot and turned up two pipes hidden in bushes at the school.

District policy allows for the searches as long as the dogs do not interact directly with the students.


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Posted by Katchup
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

Well this is rather intrusive...

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

"A drug detection dog alerted to a car; no drugs were found, according to a police report, which said a search of the car turned up a knife."

They arrested a teen for having a knife in a presumably locked car in the school parking lot? Unless the knife was a switchblade, which is illegal in itself, I can't help but feel that the police and school administration are overreacting a bit. I have a basic utility swiss knife in my own car as well as some other tools in case of a road emergency. There's nothing sinister about that.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

So Katchup finds it intrusive and Sam finds it overreacting? Wait until it's your kid who gets threatened by some liberal loon's kid waltsing around putting a blade under any kid's chin whose wearing a Romney button or an American flag on his lapelle. We are going downhill so fast because liberal socialist parents, not enstilling proper morale values, want the nanny state to do everything for us. Searching cars is unadequate. We need strip searches and we need them now. Our nation's future depends on it.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Laguna Vista
on May 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I can admit this now that my daughter graduated a few years ago, but you better believe she had pepper spray on her disguised as a pen at all times while at one of the two Pleasanton high schools. She was robbed once by a student from another school in town after school one day about 100 yards off campus and had other electronics stolen while at school. Sorry, but we do have our own brand of thugs in town and had they ever gone after her and not just stuff, I had her armed with pepper spray for protection and I don't care who doesn't like it.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Steve.well said. How quickly people forget about Columbine and the horror those two losers inflicted on the nation. As a tax Ayer how's money pays for the little kiddies school, I am glad PPD has stepped up in a proactive way to stop the threat before it happens......and before anyone says it.. The little kiddie do not have a right to privacy at a public school.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

The dog alerted to marijuana flakes in the car, not enough to arrest but the knife was found. So the dog did his job correctly. In the search the knife was found. No knives are allowed on a school campus escept for small pocket size. School safety first, your little darlin's rights second.

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Posted by Max
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

The "knife" this kid was arrested for was probably not a weapon, it was very likely a small pocket knife or multi-tool. Leatherman multi-tools are in most glove boxes, they are a practical and innocent item and are not a threat to campus safety but they are a felony if locked in a car on a school campus.
Sam if you drive onto a school campus with that pocket knife in your glovebox you are committing a felony.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

A small knife or pocket multi-tool? May I remind you of 9-1-1, sir? What small multi-tool was used to hijack American plains flying over our beautiful land of power and freedom? Point is that there are terrorists living in our midst. We cannot be too careful, especially with a terrorist loving communist as our president. I say imprison the kid and through away the key!

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Posted by Max
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

I will believe that you are being outrageous in support of the absurdity of charging kids with a felony for having a tool in their glovebox.

The professional judgement of both police and administrators is questionable.

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Posted by dalmations
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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