SAG HARBOR, NY (CBSNewYork) – Drug-sniffing dogs have been successfully used at school districts on Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Now, Sag Harbor superintendent Dr. John Gratto said he is pushing for drug sniffing dogs to be brought in a few times per year to Pierson High School to check students’ lockers for drugs.

“We found that the students reported that the school does provide effective programs and services to help them understand the perils of drug and alcohol use. Yet, at the same time, about 70 percent of the students reported that they use drugs or alcohol,” Gratto told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

He says it will be a proactive and preventative initiative to help prevent drug use.

He also says it will keep his school safe.

The school board will vote on the measure on February 6.

Dr. Gratto said the police department will bring the dogs into the school for free.

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