Lawsuit over Missouri classroom drug search taken to highest court

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Three years ago, Connor Mizer was sitting in a third-floor classroom at Central High School when a lock-down drill was announced.

Soon, school officials and Greene County sheriff’s deputies were at the door with Dar, a dog specially trained to detect illegal drugs. Students were ushered into the hallway while the classroom, along with the backpacks and purses left behind, was sniffed.

The quick and fruitless April 22, 2010 search — nothing illegal was found in Mizer’s classroom, authorities confirm — sparked a legal battle to stop the searches that continues to this day. Mizer, the teen behind the fight, is now 18 and telling his story.

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