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Should schools conduct mandatory drug testing on students?

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missbailey8
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/24/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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missbailey8

Pro

I'll be arguing that schools should require mandatory drug testing on their students. My opponent will argue that schools shouldn't require mandatory drug tests on their students.

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Round 2 - Opening Statements
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Round 4 - Summary
DamianFarson96

Con

Schools should not conduct mandatory drug testing on students.
Debate Round No. 1
missbailey8

Pro

Thanks for accepting the debate. Here are my arguments.

The statistics of drug use in students aren't very pretty. In 2014, with combination of all grades, 27.2% of students use drugs. [1] More than 90% of people suffering with substance abuse began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18. [2] With the use of mandatory drug testing we can help them get aid before it's too late. The top two ages groups to go to rehab are 25-29-year-olds and 20-24-year-olds. [3] Assuming they tried drugs in high school, it would help to guide them towards a better future away from drugs. Seeking help early is the best time before you get addicted.

"Students involved in extracurricular activities and subject to in-school drug testing reported less substance use than comparable students in high schools without drug testing, according to a new evaluation released today by the Institute of Education Science." [4] If we were to implement this to the whole school then imagine how much damage we could prevent.

Next, we could use these drug tests as a deterrent to future or current drug use. For current drug users it could make them rethink their behavior and habits to become a better person. Simply having the threat of a drug test can stop teens from engaging in the behavior if pressured.

Drug testing could give drug users a second chance so they can change and get their lives together before they end up in rehab, seriously injured, or even death. They can recover from the addiction before it reached new and dangerous heights.

In conclusion, with the possibility of a deterrent and the chance to recover, drug testing is ultimately the right way to go to help students identify addiction.

Citations:
[1]https://www.drugabuse.gov...
[2]http://www.centeronaddiction.org...[3]https://www.drugabuse.gov...
[4]https://ies.ed.gov...
DamianFarson96

Con

DamianFarson96 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
missbailey8

Pro

My argument extends.
DamianFarson96

Con

DamianFarson96 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
missbailey8

Pro

My argument extends.
DamianFarson96

Con

DamianFarson96 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by whiteflame 1 year ago
whiteflame
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>Reported vote: lwittman// Mod action: Removed<

4 points to Pro (Conduct, Arguments). Reasons for voting decision: Pro is insane, you know how much time people would spend in ISS for drugs?!?!?

[*Reason for removal*] Not an RFD, just a statement about what the voter thinks of Pro.
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Posted by EmilzIsHere 1 year ago
EmilzIsHere
What would be the reason behind doing that to kids? Why give kids a criminal record of drug use? They're KIDS. They do stupid things. If they get caught selling, or get caught under the influence at school, they DO get kicked out of school and get into trouble. There's ALREADY laws behind drug use in schools. I don't see why we should target everyone for no reason when there's nothing to go on for the drug test. You also need to consent to a drug test. If you get hired for a job and they require a drug test, you have every right to decline (don't expect to get hired). It's your RIGHT. Just because they're under 18, it doesn't mean they have don't have rights. If they were to decline the drug test, would they would be kicked out because they felt targeted? If I was still in school, I would have declined immediately.
Posted by Tokano 1 year ago
Tokano
What is the constitutional basis for these drug tests? Would the school district need to get a warrant every semester for each student in their district? What type of drug test would be performed? If their test came back positive for drugs, what then?

For this to even be considered, you have to throw the Constitution out the window and assume everyone is guilty before proven innocent.
Posted by missbailey8 1 year ago
missbailey8
I'd say all students once a semester starting from middle school.
Posted by Ragnar 1 year ago
Ragnar
All of their students, or just at risk ones? How frequently? And which levels of school?
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Vote Placed by Ragnar 1 year ago
Ragnar
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Reasons for voting decision: FF. I suggest reopening this, to find a real opponent.