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Edmond high schools to start drug testing in January

saliva drug test

Kaye Beach

Dec. 5, 2012

 

 

Reported by KOCO News

Edmond high schools to start drug testing in January

Dec. 4, 2012

EDMOND, Okla. —

Three of the largest metro high schools in Oklahoma will start drug testing students, authorities confirmed.

The policy at Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial high schools starts on Jan. 7, said district spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp.

Though some parents expressed privacy concerns, most seemed happy with the new policy. School leaders told KOCO Eyewitness News 5 that drugs are a problem in the district and that drug testing is one way to combat it.

. . .According to a letter sent home to parents, the monthly testing will begin after winter break. It will involve a random sample of students and will be administered as a saliva test to detect the use of alcohol, non-prescribed medications or illegal drugs.

 

Drug abuse among our children is an obvious concern but is random, suspicion-less drug testing of students the right way to deal with this issue?  What does this practice teach them?  Is it worth it?

It occurs to me that there are a couple of lessons that this might teach kids that do not seem especially desirable.

Don’t do something because you might get caught.  The end result is the same as if a teenager refrained from drug use because it was the right thing to do but the lessons of self control and discipline has been stolen from the individual.  The motivation is external depriving kids of the opportunity or satisfaction of  learning and growing.  What will they do when they can get away with it?  Will they learn to rely on external controls rather than self control?

You are assumed guilty until proven otherwise.  Great preparation for the real, adult world that they will be entering since the same skewed concept is being utilized on the population at large. .  Don’t expect these kids that are increasingly RFID tagged and tracked, biometrically scanned, searched, sniffed and subjected to random police drug searches, to resist or even recognize government over reach as adults.  Presumption of innocence in the cornerstone of our system of justice.  Even though children don’t have exactly the same level of rights and responsibilities that adults have, isn’t the presumption of innocence one of those fundamental concepts that should generally apply across the board?  We all say want a free country but this is the way to ensure that we will have a compliant country.

This drug testing program applies to any extra curricular activities.  I guess if a student wants to smoke pot or dabble with other drugs, they won’t have a chance to be distracted or diverted away from that by a more wholesome activity.

Here is the actual Edmond Schools Drug Testing Policy

As I said, drug use by kids is a real concern and it is our job to keep them safe till they are of age and we can always justify just about anything on a case by case basis but when you look at the totality of all of the practices justified for safety or efficiency in our schools, well, that looks pretty scary too.

 

The Government Wants Your Children – An Analysis of Recent Education Reforms and The Resulting Impact On Student Privacy

Kaye Beach

September 24, 2012

Every parent should be aware of what information is being gathered and for what purpose, on their children and their families.  These days, when they say “permanent record”  They mean it!

‘. . .schools are collecting much more information than parents imagine. Not only can parents NOT ask to see records of which they are unaware, but records kept out from under the watchful eye of a parent can collect and store damaging information and “When you put something into digital form, you can’t control where that’ll end up.” (Koebler)’

This is extremely valuable information and analysis from R.O.P.E -Restore Oklahoma Public Education, originally published July 25, 2012.

This is our latest piece of research. It contains information on how the state and federal governments are collecting copious amounts of data for every public school child under the guise of Education Reform. It also explains how, in Oklahoma, our P20 Council (created in order to pave the way for the State Longitudinal Database System which stores student data) is attempting to find ways to collect data from home school and privately schooled students!

An Analysis of Recent Education Reforms and the Resulting Impact on Student Privacy

Guns on campus would make OU safer

Article from the OU Daily
COLUMN: Guns on campus would make OU safer

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I was born and raised in Texas. I received my first rifle when I was 16, and I plan on purchasing a handgun and applying for a concealed-carry license soon. The Constitution guarantees my right to own a firearm, and state law allows me to carry that firearm provided I meet the criteria for the license. Allowing concealed carry on the OU campus would extend student and faculty protection rights to the location they spend a much of their time.

Allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons on campus could have prevented the deaths of 33 people during the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and it might have saved the 14 victims of the 1966 University of Texas sniper shooting.

It was because of incidents like these Texas Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) drafted HB-86. Similarly, Oklahoma Sen. Steve Russell (R-OKC) drafted and introduced SB-858, to allow concealed carry on campus.

“We have these gun-free zone signs on the edge of campuses, but all they do is prevent legal, law-abiding citizens from carrying guns on campus,” Russell told the Associated Press. “Those signs don’t do anything but create a cornucopia of defenseless citizens who become easy targets for these criminals.”

Obtaining a concealed-carry license in Oklahoma requires a lengthy application, background check and testing process so applicants can prove to the state they have the skills and knowledge required to carry a concealed handgun. Applicants with a criminal background or the inability to complete the requirements are denied the right to concealed carry.

According to the Campus Safety and Security Analysis Cutting Tool, 82 murders, 9,652 forcible sex offenses and 9,126 cases of aggravated assault occurred on U.S. college campuses from 2003 to 2009.

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Check out Students for Concealed Carry

Radio Frequency ID Child Tagging Spreads

I am going to have to start a running tally of how many schools are using RFID to tag and track the students.

In the meantime, we may want to ask ourselves where we stand on this issue because I have a feeling we will be dealing with it soon.

Santa Fe uses radio frequency tracking badges

Published October 18, 2010 SANTA FE — Secondary students in the Santa Fe district are required to wear badges on campus that track their whereabouts using radio frequency identification technology.

School officials issued the badges this fall to ensure student safety and achieve more accurate attendance reporting.

Attendance rates haven’t been an issue in the district, but a reliable reporting system might allow Santa Fe to recover more state money from average daily attendance funding, district spokeswoman Patti Hanssard said. The monitoring system only tracks students on campus.

…Since issuing the tracking badges in 2008, Spring has received a $194,000 increase in attendance funding, Hanssard said.

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I want to thank George Orwell for having the depth and foresight to plan my career”

Take a guess who issued that quote?



That would be Richard Chace, head honcho of the SIA, the lobbying group that asked our Governor to, pretty please, kill HB 2569 that was passed overwhelmingly through the Oklahoma State House and Senate.   The same Richard Chace, who was working with Sen Corn in 2009 to pass a bill making RFID chips mandatory in our driver’s licenses!  This was the bill, HB 2569,  that simply proposed to keep these devices off of our driver’s licenses and ID cards.  The same bill supported by people ranging from devout Christians to the ACLU.

Think your wishes as to what your state government will or will not force you to do, will be considered?  Not as long as we refrain from making this sort of UN-representative type of decision making  exceedingly painful for them.

Want to see where Oklahoma stands compared to other states regarding RFID tracking laws?

State Statutes Relating to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Privacy

Click the link below that says “Meet the Chippers” and consider the votes of the legislators who sold us out to the man who thanks George Orwell for giving him a blue print to make his fortune on when you cast your votes on Nov 2.

Now, you might also remember that our wise legislators here in Oklahoma only a few months ago ridiculed, scoffed and denied the notion of tracking human beings via an RFID chip;

Sen. Tom Adelson ridicules those who object to human beings think to being tagging and tracked like livestock or inventory.

“Claims that the technology will be used to track people are inaccurate” Paul Sund

RFID to Track PEOPLE?! Cops, Big Government Extremists and Corporate Shills Deny the Possibility

Oklahoma Capitol Offenders 2010 HB 2569 Meet the “Chippers”

While one chip in your wallet now does not allow for effective tracking,  RFID technology  is intended to become ubiquitous.  We are already becoming laden with the chips.  Our clothing, various products and items we carry, library books, badges, ID’s and more harbor the devices.  As more and more readers are installed, the ability for the government to know your whereabouts, who you are with, what transactions you make and how you pay, will become painfully obvious.

UK – Study: School Children Monitored ‘As Closely As Inmates’ by CCTV

Children are being monitored as closely as inmates in prisons as schools break the law to introduce scores of covert CCTV cameras, a ground-breaking new study has found. The vast majority of secondary schools use more than 20 CCTV cameras to capture children’s movements in corridors, playgrounds and even the toilets. But many are breaking the law by failing to make it clear to pupils where cameras are located and how the images might be used. At least one unnamed school has installed cameras with microphones in classrooms and corridors and given staff earpieces to listen in on conversations. The spread of CCTV in schools is documented in a study by a researcher based at Salford University. Dr Emmeline Taylor studied surveyed 24 comprehensives in the north west of England and discovered that 23 had installed more than 20 cameras. Out of three studied in-depth, two had gone as far as placing them in the toilets. Dr Taylor also found that schools are increasingly using biometric technology – such as fingerprint, iris or facial recognition systems – for ‘mundane’ reasons such as lending library books. Parents are often in the dark about the biometric data taken from their children or the extent of CCTV. ‘There has been very little attempt to inform the general public, including parents, about the extent that schools are using surveillance devices, including biometric surveillance,’ said Dr Taylor. ‘The level of surveillance that some pupils are subjected to on a daily basis rivals that of international airports and prisons.’ [Daily Mail]

Students weigh in;

We don’t need no CCTV in our classroom

“Our school’s installation of TV cameras to watch our lessons is an insult – a fact many adults failed to grasp when we protested”

Read editorial by  two UK  students

RFID to Track PEOPLE?! Cops, Big Government Extremists and Corporate Shills Deny the Possibility

RFID can be used for tracking people?

But we have been assured that we are misunderstanding the ability of the technology by members of our state legislature, Mr. Fancy Pants himself, Richard Chase,  CEO of the Security Industry Association, and even the Department of Public Safety expressed dismay that anyone would think that they even harbored the thought of putting one of those blasted things in our must-carry ID documents;

Richard Chase

The whole thing is just a tempest in a tea pot, an absolutely CORNY idea!

Mr Chase’s assertions were compelling enough to convince Gov. Brad Henry to veto the anti-RFID bill even though it was overwhelming supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.  Even staunchly conservative Christians and the ACLU expressed grave concerns about this technology largely due to its inherent tracking ability.

RFID chips are sensors and  when they are sprinkled over almost everything their spying ability becomes profound.  Wal Mart recently announced that they would be embedding RFID in individual items (including your underwear) and yesterday I posted a story about the new plan to use them to monitor Cleveland’s garbage habits.

Now, they want to use them to track students.

The word of the day is UBIQUIITOUS

New Canaan Considers Tracking Devices for Students

Mon, Aug 23, 2010

 

In the tiny town of New Canaan, students might someday get tracking tags along with their textbooks.

 

No decisions have yet been made, but school officials plan to look into the possibility of adding radio frequency tags to student or staff ID cards, or place them on school property, like laptops, the New Canaan Advertiser reports.

The company that makes the devices is SecureRF Corporation, based in Westport. It has applied for a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct science research and wants New Canaan High School to use the technology, the Advertiser reports.

“We are looking to test this technology with a partner,” SecureRF’s founder and chief executive officer Louis Parks Parks said during a school board meeting last week. “The primary role we are looking for from you is the feedback and input.”

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RFID-Ariz. college to position sensors to check class attendance

Students at Northern Arizona University will have a hard time skipping large classes next fall because of a new attendance monitoring system.

The new system will use sensors to detect students’ university identification cards when they enter classrooms, according to NAU spokesperson Tom Bauer. The data will be recorded and available for professors to examine.

Bauer said the university’s main goal with the sensor system is to increase attendance and student performance.

“People are saying we are using surveillance or Orwellian [tactics] and, boy, I’m like ‘wow,’ I didn’t know taking attendance qualified as surveillance,” Bauer said.

University President John Haeger is encouraging professors to have attendance be a part of students’ grades, but he added it is not mandatory and up to each professor to decide, Bauer said.

Haeger added the sensors, paid for by federal stimulus money, initially would only be installed in large freshmen and sophomore classes with more than 50 students.

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http://badgerherald.com/news/2010/05/04/ariz_college_to_posi.php