Dec. 5, 2012
Reported by KOCO News
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.