Pubdate: Thu, 02 Dec 2004
Source: Aldergrove Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 Central Fraser Valley Star Publishing Ltd.
Author: Darryl Marko


Editor, The Star:

The approval of drug-sniffing dogs in Abbotsford schools is a giant
leap towards a fascist police state policy, which views all students
as guilty until proven innocent.

In addition to violating students' rights to privacy, consider the
impact that the use of drug dogs may have on student self-image. I
thought it was well known that children and adolescents benefit
immensely from a caring, supportive environment where they are treated
with respect, and their concerns are taken seriously. All we have to
do is look at the effects that fascist governments have on citizenry
to see what that same approach will have in our schools: unrest and

We have a choice to treat our children as full members of our
democratic society, or as untrustworthy sub-citizens who need to be
herded like sheep.

Darryl Marko

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