Canton Schools' Drug Sweep In June Still Reverberates

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A voice over the public-address system had ordered students and staffers to stay in their classrooms.
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Bill

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This is not a news report. It's another editorial by a far left liberal. The "reporting" is so biased against law enforcement that it sends the wrong message about illegal drug use.

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An astounding 4.7% success rate... that's really going to help convince everyone it was worth violating their rights.

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Bill wrote:
This is not a news report. It's another editorial by a far left liberal. The "reporting" is so biased against law enforcement that it sends the wrong message about illegal drug use.
Off topic, I know, but this would actually be considered a libertarian position on the political spectrum... not "left liberal".
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The young woman in this article is not a victim, as portrayed by the author, but rather has committed a crime. I applaud the school board and superintendent for for their efforts to keep illegal drugs out of their schools!
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"He had his hand on his gun." Sounds like she tried to embellish the story.
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Where is the reverberation? We are still only hearing from the same three people/entities: the parent of the child who was arrested (who seems to have moved on and hopefully learned a lesson); the Brisol Public Defender (who still wants to overdramatize the event); and the ACLU; oh yeah, and, The Hartford Courant!
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Sorry Folks!!! These kids committed a crime and deserved whatever they got. Hopefully, they were humiliated enough to refrain from that kind of behavior in the future. Doesn't matter if you're wealthy or not - same crimes and punishments!!
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This story has a huge bias slant. You cannot call it reporting!

The students are described as victims while the actions of the police are made them to look like thugs. Students are bringing guns, drugs and knives to school today. The police need to be on guard for their safety. Maybe some intimidation by the police will make up from the lack of parenting? A few kids getting their pride hurt is a lot better than losing their lives to drugs. Do you not think they will be embarrassed when they enter the "real world"?

Teachers have their "discipline" hands tied, are the police next?

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Linda wrote:
Sorry Folks!!! These kids committed a crime and deserved whatever they got. Hopefully, they were humiliated enough to refrain from that kind of behavior in the future. Doesn't matter if you're wealthy or not - same crimes and punishments!!
Why do you keep saying "kids" and "they"?

1 out of the 21 kids searched commited a crime. Did the 20 innocent students deserve the same treatment as the guilty one?
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If my kid was using and I missed it Iíd be grateful for a catch by police. Along with the punishment for the crime Iíd make sure that my kid got the proper counseling. It is sad that the mother of the girl arrested still seems to view her daughter as a victim. What does she think happened to the stuff that was attached to those stems? We need to redouble our efforts to provide the proper counseling along with stringent law enforcement. I too have a son in CHS and from what I hear; there is a lot more work to be completed. Kudos to the BOE and law enforcement for their efforts. I also agree with Canton Parent, until this article it was a thing of the pastÖ

A question to Patrick: isnít the recovered life of one young women worth the cost? I think so.
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From the quotes given by the Mother of the girl arrested, she is obviously a user too!

Excuse me, but all police officers stand with their hand resting on their gun, it is habit. Jeez.
Im just sayin

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"Police seized the marijuana (a few stems and seeds, according to Mola's mother) from a sunglass case inside Mola's Jeep Wrangler, which has a Grateful Dead tire cover."

In a different day a mother would want to know if her daughter was involved in drugs. Also, the police would just notify the concerned parent (for such a small amount) who would respond appropriately. Instead we have police (remember they are doing what Canton pays them to do) needing to justify the action with the dogs, etc. and a parent trying to downplay her daughter's drug use by saying it was stems and seeds. Obviously, her daughter already smoked the good part. Her daughter's reaction and the insinuation that this arrest caused it also speaks volumes about a mother who has no clue. Her daughter knew she could get arrested every time she smoked pot. Those stems and seeds weren't magically created in that Dead tire cover. It was a significant amount at one point and she bought it. Mom's defense is exactly why cops can no longer just inform the parents. They did this girl a favor. Hopefully she got the help she clearly needed.

I'll bet the reaction would have been different if the same amount was in a less-than-perfect student's possession. It's okay to arrest those who do drugs, not just those who are "known" to do drugs.

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Ken wrote:
The young woman in this article is not a victim, as portrayed by the author, but rather has committed a crime. I applaud the school board and superintendent for for their efforts to keep illegal drugs out of their schools!
I couldn't agree more.

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Canton Father wrote:
A question to Patrick: isnít the recovered life of one young women worth the cost? I think so.
Are you kidding me?! At least 20 innocent students had their INALIENABLE rights violated, and you think that's worth it because some MARIJUANA would have KILLED the guilty one?

First of all, the word inalienable in our Constitutions was chosen carefully. Our rights are not to be forfeited under any circumstance. Breaking the supreme law of the land seems far worse than catching someone violating a petty drug law.

Secondly... do you really think some pot was going to kill or destroy the guilty student's life?
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Police State USA. I start to understand the appeal of home schooling.
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If they did this when I was in HS 70-73, half the students would be arrested. I think it is a good thing to do, kids don't need drugs in school, even if it is 1%.
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Aw, these poor, poor, victimized children. I missed it, when did Canton cecede from the United States?? Drugs are illegal in the United States, yet, by reading this article, you'd think their right to carry marijuana was violated!!! So, the class president gets caught with weed and seed and now she's a victim?? Holy Crapola, what's this world coming to???!!!!!!
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"They paraded her into the school, surrounded by police officers, escorted her to her classroom to get her pocketbook and brought her back to the main office," Ochenrider said. "Her mind-set was one of utter humiliation. And fear."

Well maybe she should be using drugs then.
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Phil wrote:
Police State USA. I start to understand the appeal of home schooling.
Good for you Dr. Phil!!!!! Loser!!!And the minute something catastrophic happens, you'll be crying that not enough was done to prevent it. You can't have it both ways O.J.!!!!!!
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I'd like to see more suburbs step up and deal with their drug issues.

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