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Drug Testing in Public Schools, A Good Idea?

We have all heard about random drug testing in our respective places of employment and in professional sports, but what about in public schools?

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently announced that it would be holding four regional summits promoting random student drug testing in public middle and high schools. The program, which has actually already been implemented in almost 1,000 schools across the country, requires that kids submit to random drug testing if they would like to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. The tests would be looking for cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, opium-based substances, oxycontin and steroids.

Do you guys think random drug testing in our schools is a good idea?

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rkdub rkdub 10 years
Oh, and I was one of those highly functional, good GPA, involved in sports, debate, forensics, etc etc etc potheads tha people have been talking about.... if I would have gotten caught doing that and had something happen to my financial aid that is now providing me with a master's degree it could have easily altered the path my life took....
rkdub rkdub 10 years
Ok, so I have a mixed opinion on this. 1) I think it would be really beneficial to get help to the kids that are having a hard time with peer pressure, or positive decision making but 2) If a kid gets caught, gets expelled or kicked off a sports team they will compromise chances at scholarships, etc that they may have been able to get otherwise and 3) if you get caught and reported to the police who file charges, you are no longer eligible for financial aid.... BIG PROBLEM as this will effect the poor and minority students, who are already high risk, the most. I did my fair share of experimenting in high school, and extra curricular activities kept me out of trouble... kept me busy so I wasn't always hanging around people with nothing better to do than get in trouble...
esk4 esk4 10 years
Whatever happened to Innocent until proven guilty?
Solcyn Solcyn 10 years
But I'm also against Government testing of anykind of anything(for kids and adults) if the person is not found guilty of the harming physically or mentally a living thing. Has no one read our Constitution?
Solcyn Solcyn 10 years
Terrible idea! not well thought out either. Why would you test the kids that want to participate instead of the ones that don't? The ones that don't participate are more likely to use their leisure time to do recreational drugs
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
It's only for athletes right? So I don't really see a problem with it, after all, drugs hinder the way you play anyway, and it would be a lot safer for the team and the student because if he went to wrestle or play football high, he could get badly hurt.
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
They should be testing all the students randomly and not just for the roids... does the shirt with the weed leaf that all the kids wear not give that away...
katie225 katie225 10 years
as a cheerleading coach who has just recently found pictures of two of her girls (freshmen, so they're 14/15 years old) drinking alcohol and reports of them doing it weekly, i am all for this. it's a health and safety issue. we can't have people on a team throwing girls in the air who are drunk or high on drugs. it is just NOT safe. it's putting the other girls' lives in danger, not to mention their own. it is also bringing down the reputation of the program and legitimizing stereotypes that people have about cheerleaders. i understand and feel bad about the fact that those who need extra-curricular activities the most are the ones that are on drugs and getting into trouble. i know that if we kick these girls off the team for doing these things, they'll just have more time to do even worse stuff. but they need to learn that this sort of behavior is unacceptable.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
But see, a ten year old shouldn't be able to adequately cover something like that up - and social services should be called. Whereas a teenager understands the what, where, when and how of it all...and teenagers are allowed to be without parental supervision...they are almost adults. My boy is almost ten and I would TAN HIS HIDE if I ever caught him getting into that stuff, but I am way too involved in his life for him to carry secrets that big.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
your name is almost identical to nicachica, nannychica. lol, i had to take a double-take.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
Just wanted to add that I was NOT one of those kids, by the way. lol
nannychica nannychica 10 years
I'm wondering if any of you are aware that there ARE elementary school kids who use drugs. I remember when I was in 6th grade (I'm 23 now) quite a few kids were into drugs and having sex. A lot of people don't realize that this does happen.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
The only reason I see ex-curr as a viable solution is that they could add the fees of the testing to the fees of the activity. I do not want to pay to have every child tested. PLUS, where do you stop??? High School, Middle School...Elementary kids????
nicachica nicachica 10 years
i'm with you Bluejeanie! i don't think of pot as a huge deal but i can also see how too much is no good. but that's pretty much the same with too much of ANYTHING (drugs, food, cigs, etc). anyway, there's just something really creepy about the government coming in and making a kid pee so that they can kick around a soccer ball. if you're just targeting the extracurricular kids, why not just go for the school as a whole??? i'm sure you'll get a lot more drug-using kids that way. of course, what are you going to do with them after that? send them all to detention and then rehab??? give me a break!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I am so happy meth wasn't a big problem where I used to live. i live in DC now, so, there are all kinds of crack heads i see now. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Oh yeah...they call it the Meth Circle...they make it out in the boonies where its hard to find the labs, then transport it into the city... The circle theory gets kind of messed up now that meth is so 'popular' - that dates back a few (or ten) years. Those crazy crackheads are EVERYWHERE now!! It's far to drive, too!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
an hour is pretty far from the city, if i can't bike or bus there, it's far. aren't there meth problems upnort? there were tons of meth problems in the small town i went to college in (an hour south of the cities)
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i don't even think cigs are all that bad if you have one casually at a bar or at a party. it's the daily stuff that will get you cancer.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
well, they're not illegal
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Reading this i am starting to think cigs are okay too. Atleast they are filtered...and although they have all the additives they do...there are still more than 300 more chemicals, naturally, in a joint. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Haha, no cravinsugar...I was never a dealer...I'm also not very peppy, do I come off that way typing? Groovy.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
agreed a/b the pot/alcohol reference
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I see "smoking pot a few times" and being a drug "user" as TOTALLY different. Like my ex-bf who said "Yeah, I used to be a pothead.." turned out he got high ONCE and made an idiot out of himself and used that as, like, a "Cool Mark" or something. LOL, Bjeanie - you gots some balls! I pm'd you. I'm Upnort...no where NEAR the city! :) Okay, like an hour near the city.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
yah, pot is totally a drug the way alcohol is. i think both can be used in a responsible manner. some drugs, people think it's possible to be responsible but you just can't. i can have a beer with my dinner. i can have a smoke during my TV programs. but it's impossible to just do meth or crack casually. they're physically addictive and ruin lives.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
LOL. Thanks sweety. Actually, I didn't go out back to snort a line. But if i did, i am sure you would have been the supplier as peppy as you are :-). I smoked pot a few times. enough to almost get caught so I stopped until college. I don't do anything now, and happen to multi-task just as well as i did then, thanks to wine and the elliptical machine. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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