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Letters: Davis drug testing

Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Athletes, dancers, cheerleaders and student body officers (but no one else) at the eight high schools in the Davis School District will be forced to undergo random drug testing if a little-known proposal sails through at tonight's board meeting. To my knowledge, no effort has been made to inform parents of this change. To take a final vote on this matter without thorough efforts to solicit public input is unacceptable.

I am certainly opposed to illegal drug use (especially by teens) and I realize it happens, even in our relatively safe community. However, I have a problem with imposing this questionable process on thousands of students — whose only reason for being tested is that they have the initiative to participate in a wholesome extracurricular activity. Singling out students who must already abide by academic and citizenship standards as a condition of their extracurricular activities strikes me as wasteful (estimated cost of $25,000 per year) and a violation of the tenet that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

As an involved parent, I see it as my responsibility — not the school district's — to talk to, observe, deter and monitor my children when it comes to drug use. I strongly urge the Board to hit the pause button and ensure a thorough public debate takes place.

Clay Allen

Kaysville

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