Aurora used drug-sniffing dogs 28 times at schools — and community is asking why


A high school student was tackled and handcuffed at an Aurora school last month after a drug-sniffing dog found marijuana edibles in his backpack.

The incident, which Aurora school district officials say they are now investigating, has sparked outrage at the district and prompted a larger conversation about school security as well as the practice of regularly searching schools with a hired K9 trained to sniff out drugs and weapons.

“It made us all feel uncomfortable,” said Marcus Macias, a student at Hinkley High School, who witnessed the incident and spoke to the school board about it. “The way they tackled that kid and put all that force on him, I don’t feel safe being at Hinkley. I didn’t expect that.”

Teachers who also spoke to the school board earlier this month said they couldn’t believe what happened in their school that day, and shared stories

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