Having been close to two separate incidents, at two different schools, I like
the idea of the tests and this is why. At one school, my family and friends kids
were part of a team that had several members that were drinking, smoking, and at
the very least doing marijuana. It was common knowledge to everyone, even
coaches. However, they kept saying that unless the kids turned themselves in, or
admitted to using, their "hands were tied" so, these boys were allowed
to keep playing. The incident at my kids school went very differently, when
brought to the coaches and administrators attention, they felt that witness
testimony, especially that of non-teammates, was enough to enter into the first
stages of disciplinary actions. I think it was a 5 game suspension for first
offense. The kids were told they could be tested, or they could come clean. All
but one admitted to using. The one dissenter was actually arrested a week later
trying to sell to an undercover. Weird how Karma works...
No way, unless you first start random drug testing of School Board members,
administration, faculty and staff. Don't single out the Students.
IMHO, having the Students sign a contract to allow Random testing is not
enforceble. High School are be definition legal minors. Minors cannot legally
sign or be bound by these putative "legal" contracts. If there were a
cause for school "civil disobedience" this meets the criteria.
Therefore, kids I would encourage you to contact the Utah chapter of the ACLU
and learn what your rights are. Please remember, Tyranny flourishes when good
people look away.
I have a problem with concept of "random" drug testing. Do the terms
probable cause or unreasonable search and seizure sound familiar to anyone? Do
teenagers have the right to refuse to submit to such intrusions? If I say, as a
teenager, "I am not using Drugs or Alcohol on my word of honor" and that
is not good enough for school officials to allow me partipate in Sports, why
even allow me to go to that school? Because I'm an Athlete and in Student
Government I am under suspicion? This brings up the issue of Equal Protection
as discussed under the U.S. Constitution. Why don't they also Drug Test the
Chess Club or "C" Students? For an Adult now, do employers
have the same right to demand "random" drug tests or as employees we
have waived our basic rights for a bi-weekly pay check as a condition of
Random testing does have some deterrence value, as well as the punitive actions
taken against those who test positive.However, this should not be
applied to just athletes, but to all students. AND TEACHERS.And,
while we are busy testing people, every welfare recipient should be tested as
Great, the ones who test dirty can become social outcasts and turn to drugs
right before they turn suicidal. Great idea.