• There are so many reasons why

    Schools should be allowed to drugs test. Teaching students about drugs would not be more effective and more reasonable for the school to do, as the school’s job is to educate but, sadly enough, , the schools did start out as educators but, parents of these past and current generations have been less and less attentive. Schools started out with just teaching but then we added, lunches, recesses, and extra-curricular activities, which were never part of the schools beginning intentions but, who will help these kids? Not the parents, and since these kids aren’t helping themselves, and they aren’t going to stop taking drugs unless they know there is a risk. We have to help them.

    There are cheap drug tests that you can buy for 3$ but, plenty of parents say they would be more than willing to pay a fee of about 40$ so that the drug tests can be as accurate as possible.

    The drug tests don’t catch everyone. You can fake the tests, though the possibly of this, is highly unlikely. The school wouldn’t always use the same tools to test, and they could be searching for different drugs each time. The students won’t know when the drug tests are coming and if they are randomly pulled out of class, they won’t have time to prepare. Drug testing has decreased the amount of students using drugs, it is not perfect, but it is the best we have.

    Schools ask parents to sign a form, stating that the legal guardian agrees to the schools rules and regulations. Often, one of the rules is that the school is allowed to drug test. They might try and tell you that the parent should take responsibility for their children, or that the student and/or legal guardian is in charge of the child’s future but when the guardian signs that paper, all those arguments slip away. By saying, “It’s an invasion of privacy” it is just like saying, “Forget about what the legal guardian said, how important are they anyway” right after they tell us the parent should decide the child’s future. Some have the question of, ‘what happens if the parent does not sign this form?’ well, the answer is simple, and the student does not join the school.

    Drug tests act as a deternet and a detection device, but they also act as a promise of a safe community and a second chance for those who need it. You see, the first , second and possibly third time a student has positves, they are put in contact with someone who helps them.

    These are only a few reasons we must drug test.

  • For the Sake of Our Children, Yes

    Yes, schools should conduct mandatory drug testing. With all of the violence and drug deals going on it is only right that schools should require drug testing. Teachers and parents both need to be aware of which children have a drug problem so they can intervene and get them help before it’s too late. Drugs are far too common in our schools. Even though mandatory testing will be looked upon as an infringement on a person’s rights, it has become necessary to do this for the sake of our youngsters.

  • Drug Tests are Costly

    Although drug tests in school may seem like a good idea at first, they are actually a costly mistake. Depending on the accuracy, drug tests range anywhere from $3 to $75, and unless they want an unreliable test, schools fork out an average of $100,000 per year just to drug test their students.

  • Students are not criminals

    Students should not be manadory drug tested any more than civilians should be randomly drug tested. We are Americans and we are innocent until proben guilty. Randomly drug testing studetns is intrusive and it treats all students like criminals. If you start to treat people like criminals, they'll start to act like it.

  • No

    The lack of trust implicit on testing must not be underestimated. By subjecting a young person to testing, even with the student's and parental consent, implies a loss of trust. The process of testing may be long and involved with initial screening tests and then confirmatory tests if the result is positive. This process may be harmful for the child, leading him or her to be labeled as a user. If drug testing is introduced it must therefore be supported by treatment and a supportive environment.

  • No, schools should not conduct mandatory drug tests

    They are not the law, and what the students choose to do on their own time is no one's business but their own. If that includes doing any form of drugs, so be it. It is not the school's responsibility to dictate behaviors, just to educate. Maybe if schools focused more on that, instead on what a student can or can't do, you'd have smarter graduates and a higher graduate rate in general. Just a thought.

  • No

    Drug testing in any school, mandatorily, violates a students rights. There should only be testing on a student with permission from law enforcement, with reasonable doubt for the student to be tested. Asking to obtain samples of dna from a part of your body is unlawful without an order for testing, therefore a violation of rights.

  • Mandatory drug testing creates a slippery slope.

    Mandatory drug testing in public schools represents an unlawful search that violates students' rights to privacy. Because drug testing demands personal information from a person's own body, there needs to be reasonable doubt before any public official (including school administrators) can rightfully investigate an individual for possession or use of illegal substances.

    Posted by: LivingJimmy
  • Drug usage is a problem. This is not the solution. It is a waste of money and emotions re privacy.

    No evidence it makes much impact on kids starting or maintaining drug use. Cost should be spent on quality education of what drugs are out there and being used and hucksters selling ways to pass drug tests with their expensive and unsafe products. Kids may choose drugs that are easier to pass through tests. Sports have too much value to be hindered by cheap tests that may not even be accurate.

  • Drug Tests are Costly

    Although drug tests in school may seem like a good idea at first, they are actually a costly mistake. Depending on the accuracy, drug tests range anywhere from $3 to $75, and unless they want an unreliable test, schools fork out an average of $100,000 per year just to drug test their students.

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