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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Schools should have zero tolerance for drugs

As parents of students at Whittell High School I was appalled at comments from both Police Chief Uhler and Superintendent Tarwater regarding the recent addition of drug-sniffing dogs at South Tahoe High School. Per the March 16-17 article, Police Chief Uhler is quoted as saying, “If the kids know there will be a dog on campus and they stash their drugs in a snow bank, that’s better as far as I’m concerned. The last thing I want is for the community to think we’re out there trying to catch a bunch of kids with dope.”

Really? It seems you have lost the concept of why you are there with your drug-sniffing dogs in the first place. Why don’t you just let the students hide their “dope” in your police car? And Mr. Tarwater, you claim you want this to send a “strong message that we don’t want drugs on our campus, period.” Although Ms. Larson claims “this is a really non-obtrusive, non-evasive way to see what’s going on.”

I say be obtrusive, be evasive. Send a strong message to your student body. There should be no warning and no bargaining with your student body, Ms. Larson. There should be a zero-tolerance policy at your school, and your politicians and police force should uphold that zero-tolerance policy. Better yet, implement a random drug testing policy for all your extra-curricular students and athletes. Give your students the power to say “No” and not fall to peer pressure.

I can’t believe the parents of South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School appreciate this gentle and kind way to “bring in the dogs.” There is nothing gentle and kind about losing a child to a drug problem or, worse, a drug over dose in this community.

Linda Neil

Zephyr Cove, Nev.

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