Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Drug Testing in High School

Today's blog contains a relevant Letter-to-the-Editor, that was never published nor answered...

An article appeared in the Marion Star Newspaper (Ohio) concerning drug testing in high school. The article stated that random drug testing could be done more than once a year in upwards of 25 percent of extracurricular participants. Testing would include alcohol, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, barbiturates, cocaine, LSD, marijuana, methadone, MDMA (ecstasy), nicotine, opiates…. Those who refuse to submit to testing would not be allowed to participate in their extracurricular activity, those failing a random test would be subject to disciplinary action including counseling and suspension from their activity.


The rationale for subjecting students to drug testing would be a bit more persuasive if tests were administered as well to all teachers and school administrators – and to parents. Surely the consequence of drug use on the kids and the community is far greater when it exists in those folks than among students.


At 2:44 PM, Blogger PapaCool said...

Only fair if they drug test the teachers, administrators, board, coaches, subs, janitors and students together - all or nothing.

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more fair, constitutional, or even sensible under those circumstances either!

"Drug testing" shows NOTHING by itself. _Impairment testing_ when genuinely warranted (traffic stops, highly sensitive jobs, etc)is another story....

But as other recent events demonstrate, public understanding of and/or respect for the Constitution, particularly the 1st and 4th amendments, is at an all time low. The future looks very grim indeed, and it is no consolation to know that what was first done to us will soon be done to the majority....

"First they came for the drug users and I did nothing..."



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