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Watch Drug Dogs Search This South St. Louis County High School (VIDEO)

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St. Louis County Police search Oakville High School on a random drug sweep.
A new video from the Mehlville School District shows St. Louis County Police officers on a random sweep of Oakville High School with four drug-detection dogs.

The dogs did alert officers to areas to be searched, but police found no illegal substances, principal Jan Kellerman says in the video.

The video is a rare local look into how officials search schools for drugs. Mehlville School District has a policy requiring "school sniffs," and Oakville High School schedules two or three each semester.

"We want healthy kids who are here to learn," says Kellerman.

If the video looks like a professional news story, it basically is. The school district hired two former KSDK reporters, John Wolff and Alex Fees, a few years ago to keep the school in touch with parents and students.

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The video rightly anticipates Internet backlash from people who object to random searches. Two students, a police sergeant and the principal defend the sweeps, saying they keep the school safe and drug-free.

"When we're here, we don't really have the invasion of privacy rights because they own everything that's in here once we get on their campus," says student Jake Roach. "They had the right to do it, and they should do it."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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David Nehme
David Nehme

Steve Dixon by you choice of words, I take it that you are horrified.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Comparing dogs sniffing lockers to that incident is asinine.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

That's fine. You are aware that students do not own those lockers. You should probably familiarize yourself with how laws really work. A principle can just open any one of those lockers and ransack them if they want to. Those lockers are the school's property. They can go through them any time they like. I completely agree that in many cases the police have been overstepping their boundaries, but this is not one of those cases.

David Nehme
David Nehme

If you aren't horrified by this, google "deming new mexico colonoscopy" or "riverside high school autistic".

David Nehme
David Nehme

Steve Dixon if you aren't horrified by this, google "deming new mexico colonoscopy" or "riverside high school autistic".

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Sorry, but I don't find locker searches to be a problem at all. The lockers are property of the school district. You don't want anything to be found, don't bring it to school. Its really that simple.

Zac Miller
Zac Miller

Acclimating them to the police state.

SRB1993
SRB1993

Before you go and start bashing Marijuana maybe you should do some research on it yourself and actually educate yourself on the matter. The only reason why it is illegal is because of racist tendencies in the early 1930's. people like the blatantly racist William Randolph Hearst (one of the most powerful newspaper owners in America at the time) would spew falsified stories about the plant, and how Hispanic and Black men were constantly pushing Marijuana on children to create mass hysteria in the white adult community. In 1936 a "documentary" called Refer madness was made in order to further the anti Marijuana movement. and Who do you think funded this movie? The DuPont family, as some of you more educated folk may know, held many lucrative patents on chemicals used to manufacture plastics, paper, and paints that would essentially become worthless if Hemp (The female strain of the Cannabis plant that contains no THC <- the active ingredient in Marijuana that gets people high) remained legal.

Through the use of scare tactics in the news and other medias big corporations sent the people of America into a mass hysteria over Marijuanna because of the demonizing "evidence" that was being pushed in front of their face. when people say that Marijuana kills brain cells, their original test to find this fact was to force feed Marijuana smoke into a gas mask that was placed around a monkey's face. The brain cell loss wasn't from the Marijuana but from the lack of oxygen to the brain.Big corporations made billions of dollars off of making Marijuana Illegal and they are screwing us out of a medicinal plant that could change the medical field. Studies show that people who have epilepsy that use marijuana have fewer to no seizures. It has also been proven to slow down and even sometime fight back cancer cells in the body.(Dr. Wai Liu an oncologist at St. George's University of London).

If you would like more information on the subject I would suggest watching these documentaries, and even doing your own research.

  • The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, directed by Brett Harvey,
  • Grass, directed by Ron Mann
  • How Weed Won the West, directed by Kevin Booth

I want people to know that I respect others opinions and I don't mean to offend anyone with what I say. If Marijuana isn't your cup of tea than that's perfectly fine, honestly its not my thing either, but please America educate yourself on this topic instead of being spoon fed lies from the media programs sponsored by big corporations that are only trying to make more money without any concern for the environmental hazards and the extra tax dollars they are causing you to keep this plant illegal.

Thank you.

David Rodriguez
David Rodriguez

Jen... I remember that at gateway. And gateway was the first time I felt like I was in prison. And the first time I did an overnight in a county jail (it was for unpaid moving violations, before you get all up in arms about what a criminal I am) it reaffirmed that yes, that's what jail is. If you're comfortable raising kids in that environment, great. I simply couldn't put my lived ones through that if there are any alternatives. If I didn't want my kids near drugs, I'd raise them to stay away from drugs. Why us it everyone ELSE'S responsibility to raise all the kids in Amaerica? Let parents parent. Let schools teach. Let police protect and serve, rather than generally intimidate. That's all.

Donna Pourcillie
Donna Pourcillie

Wow don't know what kind of kids your raising Stephanie but having students at OHS I can tell you I don't take as much offense to the drug dogs as I do the media coverage. If they feel it's necessary then we have little to say about that but stop posting it everywhere as if it's the only thing going on in our district. This reflects badly on people's view of our school did they mention nothing was found and very little if anything has been found during these frequent visits. Let's promote the positive things are students are doing. I would much prefer to hear about the number of senior headed off to college, awards our students have received, even how our sports teams are doing. Parading drug dogs up and down the hallways every 6 weeks is not something out district needs on it list of accomplishments consider it a chore like cleaning toilets and list it as housecleaning.

Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones

Keep up the great work St. Louis County Police. These disrespectful ass kids need a few good lessons in authority since parenting has been taken away. For all you "kids" that have a problem with what's being done, maybe you should take a few lessons from US parents that grew up respecting our parents and learned a thing or two in which entitlements weren't one of them. Law enforcement aren't taking away your rights. You are still kids and need to learn what a right taken away truly means....cuz a dog finding your wrongdoing isn't one of them. You kids have it easy nowadays and don't realize how good you actually have it. Thank your state leaders and government for making you "selfish AND soft."

Kelly Poliette-Haynes
Kelly Poliette-Haynes

I think its great. now that im mom I realise that kids think they can get away with what they want when they want. so a little authority outside the home is greatly appreciated. kids need to know there boundaries and have some fear. there kids.

Jose Quiroz
Jose Quiroz

I used to fill my locker with beef Jerkey and keep the pot I sold a couple lockers over. Dumb dogs.

John Null
John Null

If this shit was going on in my kid's school, s/he would be pulled out of there the next day. These students don't have heroin or anything like that. At most, they might have some weed, but big whoop. No, they shouldn't have brought it to school, but this isn't going to stop them from doing it outside of school at all.

Jen A Christopher
Jen A Christopher

Gateway Highschool had metal detectors when I went there in 95/96/97..searched our bags and purses. I don't think it's a bad idea to search in the schools. Too much bad crap gets taught to our kids by other kids as it is.

Amanda Horstman
Amanda Horstman

Curious as to what school you all went to. I graduated from SLPS in 1998 and they had metal detectors and searched our bags back then! Get over it, if you don't like it feel free to take your kids out of PUBLIC schools.

Matthew Parker
Matthew Parker

Outrageous. Here comes the SS. Jack booted thugs.

Jeff Hendrickson
Jeff Hendrickson

Way to trample students constitutional rights!!! I sure wish we could have gone to high school in a militarized police zone!

Jay Vines
Jay Vines

Nazis are alive and well in america

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

hopefully before the soap is dropped

Jessica Schmidt Heide
Jessica Schmidt Heide

Bradley Hardin, I live in this mentioned school district and 100% agree with all of its policies! What if it was your child killed by a gun man that was just able to walk into their school?, would you then have a different comment?! Do you even have children and if so are they even in this district? A zero tolerance policy keeps violence out and works! I don't agree with giving second and third chances, people don't learn from that but if you give them one chance then discipline them most people learn.

Sonny Ketcham
Sonny Ketcham

Brad Hardin, what have you been smoking? Live in the safe test time ever? Yeah right, when did the school shootings start? Sure did not happen when I was in school.

Lou Cook
Lou Cook

Most leases state a landlord can come inspect your property if they suspect there is drug activity as well as Landlord/Tenant Law. Lockers belong to the school and this is a proactive approach to keeping drugs out of school. The school has a right to know if thier property is being used illegally. The only ones that will yell loud are the ones that have kids doing it. I applaud the efforts to keep school a drug free environment and this was done in school when I graduated in 1990, old news not anything new.

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

This isn't a new thing. This shit has been going on for decades. I went to Melville and I knew then 16 years ago that all I had to do was keep my shit on me. They can use the dogs on the lockers not the students. It was stupid then and it's stupid now. I'm not trying to justifying my young dumbass actions from back then but it is hilarious to me that even now kids out smart police and teachers and the wasted money used to prove it. The cops, the schools, and the people reporting this shit are nothing short of morons for this complete waste of time. Feel free to tell me I'm wrong but I just used facts to prove my point, what do you have to prove me wrong? .....and go.....

RJ Alexander
RJ Alexander

Coppers do your real job stop drugs from coming into your state and country!!! No let's go to bottom end of the market and work are way up ...What a joke and true waste nice invasion of kids rights.

Matt Davis
Matt Davis

Absolutely stupid. Lets ruin some kids life over a little pot. Lets not pretend that we all didnt have a little fun in school. Glad im in Canada, the police here are invasive as well but not that bad.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Shayne Matt Davis, check this out.

Jeff Duerst
Jeff Duerst

I graduated from there in 2000 and they were doing this then, old news and yes you idiots they do find drugs on occasion, they even roam the parking lot to check the cars, pretty effective if you ask me.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

last I checkee this does give safety oh and we had a an officer patrolling in the school so pretty sure this is safety

Jamie Baker
Jamie Baker

4th amendment...plz explain...those are school lockers, in a school building, that students are allowed to keep their personal items in if they so choose...

Dale Proctor
Dale Proctor

Can always tell who the drug users are just by the comments. Lol.. Funny shit!!

David Rodriguez
David Rodriguez

I also love how every one of these people who thinks it's a good idea is commenting how it will help "keep kids from bringing that stuff in schools", whether it's drugs, guns, or what have you. Stupid question... what about RAISING THE DAMNED KIDS NOT TO BRING GUNS AND DRUGS TO SCHOOL? What about keeping your kids from hanging with kids who's parents DON'T raise them? What about growing a pair of balls and putting your money where your mouth is and SEEKING OUT THE TROUBLESOME INFLUENCES ON YOUR KID AND BEING YOUR OWN POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THAT KID'S LIFE, instead of drawing this line FOR your children as early as high school where anyone on drugs or who has anger issues or is impoverished (because that often leads to one or both of the other two) are somehow on the other side AGAINST the "good people of the world". Newsflash: When YOU'RE part of the problem, drug dogs won't solve it.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

I went to mehlville theres not any drugs there as there was when I was there

Tara Johnson
Tara Johnson

exactly so what is the point of the drug searches..so the government can control and scare us..why put our children through this and yes high school they are still our children...i would literaly be outraged if this was being conducted in my childs school..which is why i am going to be homeschooling my child after this year..the government will not instill this kind of fear into my child..he is only in first grade and im already disgusted with the education system

Cindy Sacks
Cindy Sacks

Why must people always resort to name-calling. What makes him an idiot? DO you really think there are NEVER any drugs at the school?

Melisa Danback Courtway
Melisa Danback Courtway

They do go to mehville. I think this is a sad but is needed to keep drugs outs of school. I know its not perfect and kids will still bring drugs to school .. but anything to keep them out of school is better then them not doing anything .

Steve Bevel
Steve Bevel

This is law enforcement desperately grasping for attention. They know that major reform is coming to the entire nation's drug policies and are trying to make themselves relevant.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

No doubt... Id think gun sniffing dogs would be a much more apt use of tax dollars.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Dogs senses are 10 times stronger then a human Jesse Rehmer pretty sure you're an idiot and the people sho liked your status

Dale Proctor
Dale Proctor

Violation?? Lol... Step away from that pipe Chet Stark!!

jendonnajoles
jendonnajoles

Kids in high school are the best new heroin customers. If this stops kids from being the next heroin death then I am all for it.  And yes, I have seen a dead teenager from a heroin overdose. And they come in all shapes, sizes, sexes, and  socioeconomic backgrounds. 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Jessica you agree because you are an authoritarian cunt. Sieg Heil you retarded paranoid twat.

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