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Stabbing School Uses Sniffer Dogs

A school that was recently at the centre of a stabbing investigation is focussing on overblown vaping fears and going over the top with a canine response

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A school that was recently at the centre of a stabbing investigation is focussing on overblown vaping fears and going over the top with a canine response. Wacky bosses at the City of Norwich School have decided that the best way to dissuade their students from using ecigs is to bring in a highly publicised sniffer dog patrol.

Media was all over the story that a student at the City of Norwich School had been stabbed with a tail comb last October. The police dropped the investigation shortly afterwards and declared the incident an accident – meaning everyone had got worked up over nothing.

And so, the overreaction continues this month as bosses at the education trust decided that money and time would be well spent by introducing a sniffer dog onto the school grounds as part “of a raft of measures to curb the use of vapes”.

The news of the idiotic action followed Rishi Sunak’s evidence-free decision to ban disposables and limit flavour choices for all adults because of a desire to stop small numbers of children vaping – something that many have warned against because of the potential unintended consequences.

The Eastern Daily Press made the outrageous and unsupported claim that “behavioural issues” have been linked to the use of vaping products.

Various sources state that the City of Norwich School plans on using vape detectors in toilets, adding cameras to its current CCTV network, having staff frequently inspecting the children’s toilets, conducting searches of students and their property, and having the sniffer dog patrol the site during February.

A spokesperson for the City of Norwich School told journalists: “As with schools across the country, we recognise the negative impact the use of vapes and other prohibited substances can have on our students, both in terms of their health and the influence it can have on behaviour. While we do not currently have an issue with this at the school, we are aware this is a rising challenge within society and therefore want to take proactive steps to help counter and deter this.

“We are committed to providing an environment for our staff and students that is safe and supportive and as such the proactive measures we have planned will help to educate students on the risks of vape use and other banned substances.”

Apparently, students are also going to be educated about the “side effects and dangers of vaping” which, given they are negligible, shouldn’t take up a lot of time – unless staff plan on spreading lies and misinformation.

The City of Norwich School continued: “To complement this educational drive, we have taken steps to deter the use of unsafe and prohibited items. In February, a passive deterrence dog will be guided around the school site for a day, so that students can understand the role of deterrence and how this would work.

“The organisation that is supporting this has significant experience delivering this service in schools. Taken together, we believe these precautionary measures will help students to remain safe while and school and when out in the community.”

One more step down the road to becoming as crazy as California.

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Dave Cross

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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