Drug testing athletes is one thing, but for parking passes? Why not just test all the kids?
Another Wisconsin high school will begin randomly drug testing their students. Crivitz High School will begin drug testing students involved in after school activities every 2 weeks with an indiscriminate lottery, but also will be testing students that have parking passes, according to Green Bay’s WFRV-TV Channel 5.
“5 students will be randomly selected every two weeks. The principal says there is a growing drug problem in the county, and they want to get students on the right path,” WFRV reports.
The federal government has recently ramped up its campaign to encourage schools to implement drug testing regimes and even offers grants to fund them.
Mary Thompson Carlson suggested in a Facebook comment that students may be targeted, “If you are going to drug test only a few and not others, your message is clearly stereo typing their students. Nothing is mentioned about drug testing teachers and staff. Really!?”
The government website drugeabuse.gov published that “Legally, only students who participate in competitive extracurricular activities (including athletics and school clubs) can be subject to random drug testing.”
Kyle Cordner commented on the protocol suggesting that the system should not be parenting our children and are acting as a type of law enforcement agency.
” What a joke. Schools are supposed to be teaching kids not parenting them. Schools are suddenly law enforcement agency’s? Are teachers gonna cuff the kids who drop dirty?”
Other Wisconsin school’s have taken the same measures thanks to these grants.
Most educators reject random student drug testing as a prevention tool. 95 percent of American schools do not randomly drug test their student athletes, and only two percent of schools randomly test students who participate in extracurriculars other than athletics.
The Supreme Court narrowly ruled (by a 5-4 margin) in 2002 that schools can require students involved in competitive extracurricular activities to submit to drug tests, it is important to note that the Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of student drug testing only interpreted federal law. Many state laws and constitutions provide additional protections for student privacy.