A SECONDARY school is set to use police sniffer dogs to weed out county lines drug dealers.
Queen Elizabeth’s School will let the canine roam classrooms, the library and shared areas with a handler to smell out illegal substances.
A PCSO will also search pupils’ bags for banned substances including vapes, tobacco and cigarettes on site.
But parents have fumed that the measures in small market town Wimborne, Dorset, are too far.
Cindy Lou wrote: “Next there will be microchips. School’s are going too far with this. It’s school, not a prison or detention centre.”
Matthew Holmes added: “What a joke. It just shows the staff can’t do the job correctly so they have to bring a dog in.”
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Others meanwhile welcomed the approached.
Michelle Lloyd said: “If no other good comes of it, it will be a deterrent during school hours.
“It’s a large issue to tackle and I don’t think it will ever be stopped completely.
“Making it more awkward for people to use school kids is a good move forward.”
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Andrea Holloway responded: “Defeated the object now! Forewarning is forearming!
“They should have said it will be happening not when. Teenagers are pretty savvy!!!!!”
Headteacher Katie Boyes insisted the school does not have a drugs problem and said the measures are preventative.
She said: “We want to make the school as safe as possible and like other local schools decided to invite a sniffer dog in with its handler.
“It is entirely a preventative measure and is designed to help reassure parents that we are doing everything to ensure their children are safe.
“The visit of the dog for a few hours is allied to our programme of work that educates the children about the dangers of drugs.
“The new fence has been put up because it is a safeguarding requirement, and it is the recommended height for safeguarding compliance within schools.”
A letter to parents explaining the initiative states: “As part of our determination to educate students about, and protect them from the dangers of illicit drugs, the Queen Elizabeth’s School has a programme of work that is delivered through assemblies and as part of the Curriculum for Life Programmes.
“In the light of recent news items about ‘county lines’, we have arranged for a drugs sniffer dog to attend on one day during the week beginning July 4, 2022. This approach has also been taken by a number of schools locally.
“Ensuring that our school is a safe, drug free and healthy environment for all students to learn and develop is a priority and reflects our community’s values and expectations.
“It is with these goals in mind that we are undertaking this procedure.
“Your son/daughter will have had this explained to them by their tutor prior to the visit to prepare them.
“The dog will move across the school from class to class and in the shared areas, such as the library and reception.
“Students will be asked to file past the dog who will indicate any concerns to his handler.
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“The student’s parents would then be informed if, on further investigations, these concerns needed to be explored further.
“Periodically we will also be undertaking bag searches to ensure no banned substances, including tobacco, vapes and cigarettes have been brought into the school.”