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KIRKWOOD, MO (KMOX) - Students at Kirkwood High School could soon be subjected to searches by drug-sniffing-dogs.

Kirkwood High School Principal Mike Havener says the Kirkwood School Board plans to take up the matter after it hears input from both parents and students. That input can be made by phone, e-mail or by attending a board meeting.

Havener says individual rights have to be weighed against the safety of all, but in a school setting, safety weighs more heavily.

“We’re going to look at all the different scenarios possible and make the best board policy that ensures drugs and alcohol are not allowed on the campus,” he said. “We have the right to make sure everyone is safe on Kirkwood High School’s grounds.”

Havener said the comments received by parents thus far indicate most favor the implementation of drug-sniffing dogs. He adds that any drug and alcohol policy will have to come with a no tolerance clause.

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