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Random drug testing for students

Register • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I do favor student drug testing in all schools.

We are losing our younger generation at warp speed.

In my opinion, it would be best to inform the students at the beginning of each year, that once a month, without warning, a student will be selected at random to undergo testing. This will give the offender a chance to get clean or, if they are clean, to ensure they don’t fall into an eminent path of self destruction.

Once this procedure is in place, the students who are experimenting, will be less inclined to do so for fear of reprisal.

Punishment could be dealt in three stages:

First offense — warn student that school will be informing their parents or guardian that the school has a zero tolerance for drug and alcohol abuse and to get clean or face consequences.

Second offense — Mandatory rehab by student at closest facility.

Third offense — Suspension from school for period to be decided by school board.

To test all students would be cost prohibitive, a severe invasion of privacy and an open invitation to a serious lawsuit. Since the students have been warned, and will not know who is going to be selected each month, there should be an appreciable turn around. If not, they have been forewarned and let the chips fall where they may. Take a look at employment offers that are stating drug testing required.

—Charlotte Zimmerman


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