If the district goes ahead with drug-sniffing dogs, Andrea Alford, director of district security for Brevard Public Schools, said the animals likely would sniff around lockers, classrooms, common areas and parking lots.
The dogs would not search a student unless there was imminent danger.
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"It may be a one-in-a-million chance that a K-9 would be allowed to sniff a person," Alford
occasionally gets calls from principals asking whether they can use drug dogs and she
always tells them "no.
On at least one occasion, though, a principal didn't ask -- and a drug-sniffing dog was brought on Viera High's campus to search the parking lot.
The dog picked up scents on two vehicles, which were then searched by an assistant principal.
Ultimately, nothing was found.
wasn't aware of the March 4 incident until asked by FLORIDA TODAY
and was upset when she
confirmed it happened.
"The sweep was coordinated at the school level by the principal and the school resource officer, and it was not authorized at the district level," she
"The area superintendent is conducting an inquiry as to why this occurred without prior approval, which considering our present district practice, would not have been granted."
The district does occasionally use canines to search for explosive devices, but that is rare, Alford