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MMSD to consider using drug K-9 units


MADISON (WKOW) -- Illegal drugs are the target of a proposal to bring police K-9's into Madison public schools this coming year.

The drug-sniffing dogs would be provided by the Madison Police Department at no cost to the school district and would not target individual students.

Megan Braund went to Madison East High before graduating from LaFollette in 2010. 

"I've heard a lot about drugs," said Braund.  "I can't say for sure that there was a lot of drugs in East High School, but I definitely have heard some rumors."

But, East High Teacher Denise Hettrick says they're more than just rumors.

"Right now, the activity is prolific and they think we're not doing anything about it, so they continue with this behavior," said Hettrick.

Under the new proposal, the principal at any middle or high school could request a K-9 sweep.

As long as the superintendent approves it Madison police would then send a team into the school.

Several other school districts in the area already use drug dogs including Middleton, Sun Prairie and Monona Grove.

"I think if you look at the surrounding communities and their success with using the drug dogs as a deterrent, why not try it," said Hettrick.

But Braund worries there could be unforeseen problems.

"There are people in this school (East High) who aren't very fond of police as it is and with dogs being in the school, that could be a potential hazard," said Braund.

The school district is trying to make it clear they will limit the sweeps to common areas such as hallways and lockers.

They would only be conducted when students are in class or during non-school hours.

But students would not be alerted to the sweeps ahead of time.

MMSD is seeking input on the proposal until August 19th and the school board will likely vote on using drug dogs at its August 29th meeting.

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