July 22, 2005
Although K-9 searches have taken place in city schools over the past several years, the areas are now expanding.
K-9 officers are now allowed to randomly search classrooms in Charlottesville High School and Buford Middle School. Previously, areas included hallways, bathrooms, parking lots, and lockers. The Charlottesville school board made it official last night, putting it in the student code of conduct. Principals at the two schools wanted to step up the efforts.
"We have to ensure the public that there are no weapons, no guns, and no drugs on the campus of the school and unfortunately, these searches are necessary to ensure that we are being as proactive as possible," said Buford principal, Timothy Flynn.
During the searches, children will be outdoors, not inside the classrooms. They are set to kick in this upcoming school year.