By COLlive reporter
Parents of Bais Rivkah High School in Crown Heights were left speechless by a video showing a dog sniffing girls’ belongings on Thursday.
The girls were on a bus heading out for their annual Shabbaton trip, where they spend the weekend davening, learning, joining inspiring farbrengens and singing together.
A video said to be taken on the bus before they left on the trip shows a frum man holding a detection dog, which is walking among the girls’ belongings, seemingly to search for any substances.
A WhatsApp message was widely shared on social media, supposedly from the school, about dogs coming to sniff on the bus to ensure there are no “drugs, alcohol or vape/cigarettes.”
Mrs. Shaindel Tiechtel, principal, later shared a message on social media, stating that the original message was a hoax and not from the school.
“A fraudulent message was sent out as coming from Bais Rivkah, but there is absolutely no truth to that message. I did not send it nor did any member of my staff,” she said.
Mrs. Tiechtel’s message did not dispute the video or explain why a dog was brought or needed for the school bus.
Parents have been furiously complaining that the school’s action depicts their daughters in a bad light.
One parent who emailed COLlive, said, “If this is what the girls think the school thinks of them, what kind of message are they sending?”
More than one board member said they had no idea about this incident in advance, saying they are “furious” and “trying to get to the bottom of it.”
A former student of the school told COLlive that she remembers there were a few incidents of alcohol or other substances in past, “but I don’t get why the school would embarrass all the girls like this.”
Additional requests for comments from the school administration went unanswered.
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