'Tis the Season for Searches at Area High Schools
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 7:01 AM
Administrators and local police coordinated another high school drug search, this time focused on the parking lot of Camden Hills Regional High School on Friday, December 19. The search was conducted by Camden and Rockport police with drug-sniffing canines. According to a letter to students from Principal Nick Ithomitis, the search resulted in a canine discovering a small container of marijuana.
The sweep came two weeks after another police search of Oceanside High School in Rockland, which found one student in possession of tobacco.
The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of random police searches of students. Civil liberties groups, including the ACLU, argue that the practice sends the message that students' rights don't matter and that they are guilty until proven innocent.
While the searches don't seem to turn up much in the way of contraband, CHRHS district policy allows the practice and, according to Principal Ithomitis, many parents and students appreciate random police searches.
"One of the most important responsibilities of the high school administration is to maintain a safe environment for our students and staff," wrote Ithomitis in an email message to parents about the search. "In carrying out that responsibility, we collectively believe that it is our duty to keep illegal drugs off our campus and away from our students."