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By Craig Malisow
Houston school officials want to be very clear — the latest employees arrested for drugs were not teachers at a northwest side charter school.
Their desire to make the point clear is understandable, given that so many teachers and staffers have been nabbed for pot lately.
So let's emphasize — the two people arrested for drugs today are not teachers at the charter school.
Instead, they were a teacher and an administrator working at the neighboring North Region Office of HISD.
Who were working there because they had been reassigned for having earlier been found with drugs. (Today's lesson: Ballsiness.)
Not that the Inspired For Excellence Charter school is peachy keen: "The site administrator of the charter school, which is on the same property [as the regional office] requested the drug dog sweep three weeks ago," HISD spokesman Norm Uhl says. (There must have been some questions about how Inspiration was coming about.)
And he adds this, which is really great: "Since our drug dog has been busy lately following up on anonymous tips, the requested search was scheduled for today."
Ah, HISD — where the drug dogs are so busy there's a three-week wait to get them out to your school. — Richard ConnellyA Day Without Drugs
Here it was, pushing hard towards3 p.m., and no one had yet been arrested on an HISD campus for drugs.
That didn't seem right, so we e-mailed district spokesman Norm Uhl.
Incredibly enough, he reported back that it was, indeed, true:
"Just checking — anyone arrested for drugs today?" we had asked.
"No. The HISD PD K-9 Unit searched Young Elementary School at the request of the principal and found NO illegal drugs," he wrote back.
So big ups to Young Elementary School! (Staff motto: We Hide Our Drugs Better Than You.)
Then, bizarrely, Uhl decided to send out the information to everyone on the HISD media list.
So, for people who hadn't asked the question, we're guessing they have a nominee for Most Defensive Press Release. Or maybe Strangest Thing to Brag About.
Don't worry, though: There's always tomorrow.
Update: Uhl later said he had intended to issue the release anyway "just to see if finding NOTHING would actually be reported. You did. Thanks." — Richard Connelly
Those "Rescued Dogs" Are Dead Or Dying
When the feds and local law-enforcement agencies busted a big dogfighting ring a while back, there was much talk of the more than 100 dogs that had been "rescued."
If by "rescued" you meant "Sent to Doggie Death Row," then they were indeed rescued.
A commenter to our item on the arrests said the dogs were being euthanized with "no temperament tests, no allowing rescues to assess them, nothing."
Is that true, Houston SPCA?
Well, the killing part is true, at least.
"These animals are bred from a long line of fighting dogs to be aggressive," Houston SPCA spokeswoman Meera Nandlal told Hair Balls this morning. "We have made the decision that they will be humanely euthanized."
She wouldn't answer our other questions, since being helpful with the media is apparently not necessary for a group that depends on public support.
The Houston SPCA, as we've noted, has a firm policy that it does not adopt out pit bulls.
While it's not likely all of the recently seized dogs were pit bulls, it was close enough, we guess. — Craig Malisow