Random madness

December 28, 2007

Am I wrong that random drug-testing in schools, 1) won’t solve the problem and, 2) will create an atmosphere of distrust by tossing out the presumption of innocence? The problem seems clear to me after reading about the students who will be subjected to the tests in the Rennselaer Central School Corporation:

Q: Who is to be included in the testing pool?

A: This policy applies to all Rensselaer School Corporation students in grades 6-12 who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to athletics, driving to school, Driver’s Education Class, band, choir, FFA members, drama, Academic Teams and National Honor Society.

Maybe things have changed so much in high school that I don’t understand what’s going on there these days. But it seems to me they are punishing the good kids with drug tests — the ones who want to be involved in activities beyond the classroom — and giving a pass to the slackers who just show up and go home. Nothing demoralizing about that.

Oh, by the way, none of the kids who test positive will be turned over to the authorities or kicked out. They will have to leave the team or the extracurricular activity and submit to counseling and all that. But the schools will still be able to non-randomly have kids tested who exhibit “reasonable suspicion.” Any of those testing positive can be kicked out, turned over, etc.

Is this a lawsuit waiting to happen, or what?

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One Response to “Random madness”

  1. tim zank Says:

    Unfortunately, they (schools) are damned either way. If they don’t test and some athlete dies, they are screwed & sued. If they do test and someone has a false positive, or a substance is “missed” and they die, (or a host of other possibilities) they are screwed and sued.

    It’s a no win, but the lawyers are busy.


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