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February 2009



Zero Tolerance goes even more horribly wrong.

Mindy Herrick has taught at Roberts Elementary for 17 years. She sounds like one of most incredible and inspirational teachers ever. In 2006-7, she was teacher of the year for the entire school district. Read the article and you’ll find the amazing stuff about her just continues and continues.
The School District decided (for no reason) to check on teachers and drugs, so they brought in a drug sniffing dog to the teacher’s parking log. The dog alerted to one car. Nothing there. The dog alerted to a second car. Nothing there. The dog alerted to a third car. Mindy’s. They searched her car and found a baggie with two Xanax pills….
Yeah, I’m thinking the same thing. The dog makes two false ID’s on other cars and then manages to smell two bills in a plastic bag inside a car? Right. Sounds more like the dog gave the police 3 free searches.
Mindy says she doesn’t know where the pills came from (other people drive her car) and she passed a drug test and a lie detector test and asked to have the bag checked for fingerprints to prove that she never touched it.
But for now, Mindy isn’t allowed to teach, and she has been charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and could get 10 years if convicted.

Herrick‰s classroom door is covered with kids‰ drawings. ‹We love you, Ms. Herrick!Š says one with a big heart. In big letters, another declares, ‹We miss you!Š

It’s, you know, for the kids.

Non-Obama Thread

Because you need to talk about other things, too. What do you want to talk about regarding drug policy that doesn’t involve the President or administration?

White House: DEA is out-of-control rogue agency

Well, the White House didn’t say that exactly, but read between the lines…
In today’s Washington Times

The White House said it expects those kinds of raids to end once Mr. Obama nominates someone to take charge of DEA, which is still run by Bush administration holdovers.
‹The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

Bruce Mirken says:

While more ringing language might have been nice, the intent is clear enough: Hey DEA, the president says it‰s time to stop attacking the sick. Got it?