Drug-Sniffing Dog Banned From School Because Of Student’s Allergies

A drug-sniffing dog in Canada is in detention for now.

He was supposed to start his drug-sniffing job at a high school this fall, but instead, he is hanging out in his kennel while he waits for a decision on his fate.

A parent of a high school student with severe pet allergies has asked the Yukon Supreme Court to ban the dog from the school. She said her daughter will have to drop out of school because the patrolling dog will trigger her allergies.

Earlier this week, the judge put the case on hold after the school offered to keep the drug dog in his kennel for a week while the lawyers for the family and the school meet with a mediator.

The family’s attorney said the mother wants to work out an agreement as long as the dog is banned from the school in the meantime. If a deal is not worked out by September 28, the attorneys will go to court to ask for a decision by October 1 to ban the dog or allow the dog to be able to go to school.

Source: CBC News

11 Responses to “Drug-Sniffing Dog Banned From School Because Of Student’s Allergies”

  1. Amanda says:

    If she has such bad allergies then she should already be on medications for it to minimize or stop reactions completely. What does she do when she has to go outside or to a store or is around other people with animals? I am sure her classmates and teachers have pet dander/fur on them!!

    I think the real problem is that this girl might be hiding something that the drug dog will find and the mother knows it!

  2. Donna says:

    Treat the child.It can be done and get the dog, back to work !

  3. G in INdiana says:

    Our neighbor has severe allergies to dogs yet she can pet them outside just fine. She takes no medications for this either. I bet they don’t even know exactly what the child is allergic to. A lot of people think they are allergic to something but it maybe another substance that causes the allergic reaction.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Ex-police officer to spearhead drug program”
    From the Whitehorse Star:

    “By the time the three-year pilot ends at Porter Creek Secondary, Green wants to see the results of a drug survey done last year at the school in 2005 turned around.
    It found that of the 450 students who completed the survey, 46.9 per cent of students had tried or used cannabis, with 79 per cent of those students having been stoned in class.
    Another 70 per cent of those surveyed had at least one drink of alcohol, with 27 per cent of those saying they have been under the influence of alcohol in class once or more.
    The survey also found alcohol, pot and tobacco are among the most commonly-used substances by students.”

    All schools have drug problems to a degee, and I’m not saying this is a bad school, but based on the survey that stated 79% of the students reported coming to class stoned at some point and 27% saying they came to school under the influence of alcohol at some point, this school could use a drug-sniffing dog to help keep the school from becoming a drug dealing haven.

    Get Officer Green & his sniffer dog, Ebony, in THAT school!

    And, just keep the allergic 11th grader 6 feet away from the dog if she sees him in the school, and she’ll be fine, but do treat her the same as the other students in the school, and let Ebony sniff her locker or belongings as well. Oh, and take the girl to the doctor for some medication.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Could happen with students from any school, but I think an officer at the Porter Creek Secondary School in Whitehorse may help. The program this officer (and drug-sniffing dog) is working on not only involves the drug education and prevention, but also involves education about bullying, safe internet use, and building self-esteem.

    “Whitehorse high school suspends brawl watchers”

    “At least 18 pupils at Porter Creek Secondary School in Whitehorse have been suspended for watching students fight in a park near the high school.”
    “Susan Borud, whose son Robbie was involved in the fight, said she was aware of the school’s discipline policy but was still shocked by the suspensions.

    “I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have had some consequences, but the suspension is a little overboard, I think,” she said.

    Yes, mom, many schools around the country have adopted “Zero Tolerance of Violence” policies, which often mean mandatory suspension even for a first-time fight. Your son is young and can learn from this experience. Please support the school’s decision and talk with him about this.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Citation for above quoted material.

    “Whitehorse high school suspends brawl watchers”


  7. nora says:

    This kid needs to go live in a plastic bubble. Or, just be shut up in the nurses room while the dog does it’s job and then resume normal class activities when the dog leaves. Letting this misguided selfish ignorant parent make the rules is WAYYYYYY OUT OF LINE!

  8. kaefamily says:

    The drug using and dealing students is whole-heartedly grateful to that girl and her daughter ;-)

  9. Bridgett says:

    What is more important to this family? Helping to keep drugs out of the school, which btw, affects their daughter or a sneeze or two? Frankly, I don’t see how the dog could actually bother someones allergies if it is just walking down the hall.

  10. Lynn says:

    Choose for your child:

    a couple sneezes


    death by drugs

    [Like this kid’s the first one to ever be allergic to dogs. Sometimes I think we have too much democracy. I wish my third grade teacher was alive - she’d get those silly parents in shape and show the school administrators how a school should be run! No wuss was Mrs. Broadhurst!]

  11. MLO says:

    People DIE from airborne allergens from dogs, cats, horses, ANYTHING. If her allergies are that serious, there is NO EFFECTIVE PREVENTIVE TREATMENT.



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