Dive Brief:

The Aurora Public Schools in Colorado is under fire after a drug-sniffing K-9 detected marijuana edibles in a student’s backpack and the student was later tackled by school security when he ran, Chalkbeat reports. The use of drug-sniffing K-9s is standard procedure in the district.

Both teachers and students voiced their concerns at a recent school board meeting. This year,  the district has had 28 searches, with 26 of them resulting in drug detections. Last year, the district had 26 searches, but only three led to drug detections.

When drugs are detected, school officials are to subtly pull students aside. In this case, the student (who has an individualized education program) ran, which led to the tackling.

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