from another list
HSLotsof at aol.com
HSLotsof at aol.com
Mon Jul 29 22:57:09 EDT 2002
original message below:
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human
- George Orwell (1903 - 1950
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (AP) -- Officials at a South Dakota school
confined students to their classrooms for several hours while a police dog
toured the rooms, sniffing children as young as 6 to check for drugs,
according to a lawsuit filed against the school.
The German shepherd got off its leash in a kindergarten classroom at the
Wagner Community School and chased students during the May search, the
court papers allege. They claim some students started crying and at least
one urinated involuntarily.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls by the
parents of 17 elementary and high school students, wants such activity
declared a violation of the constitutional right against unreasonable
searches. It also seeks unspecified damages and an order stopping the
Repeated attempts by The Associated Press to reach Wagner Principal Neil
Goter and school board officials were unsuccessful Thursday. Kenneth
Cotton, the school district's lawyer, told The New York Times he could not
comment on the allegations specifically, but he said he had talked to two
students who told him the dog visited their classrooms only briefly and "in
an orderly way."
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is involved in the class-action
lawsuit, alleged that the Wagner School Board approved the search. The
school board is named as a defendant, along with former Wagner Police Chief
Richard Volk and Neil McCaleb, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs in the
The lawsuit alleges that a similar drug-dog search was conducted a few days
after the first one.
Some students experienced physical discomfort when they were not allowed to
go to the bathroom for several hours during the searches, according to the
lawsuit. It says students were told not to pet the dog, not to look at it
or make any sudden movements, and some students feared the dog would bite
In a news release, Jennifer Ring, executive director of the Dakotas chapter
of the ACLU, said, "The very notion of there being a drug problem in
kindergarten is ridiculous."
The lawsuit is the latest episode in a dispute between the ACLU and the
school board in Wagner, 85 miles southwest of Sioux Falls. In March, the
ACLU sued the board, alleging the school system's method of selecting board
members discriminates against American Indians.
The 17 students filing the latest lawsuit are Indian, the ACLU said.
More information about the Ibogaine