It’s expected that professional athletes undergo drug testing before the big game. Same goes with the Olympians on TV right now, and even college athletes. (Go KU!) However one northwest Missouri district not too far from us is going to begin drug testing high school athletes before they can participate in extracurricular activities.
The school board in northwest Missouri approved a drug-testing policy in May that will randomly test students in seventh through 12th grades who participate in extracurricular activities.
This means that students can expect random drug testing if they want to go out for football, cheerleading or other activities and sports at school. The consequences?
A first positive test benches the student from extracurricular activities for 30 days, with a second positive test bringing a 90-day suspension.
Pretty serious stuff. Read the full article on “NW Mo. school district starts random drug testing” from KCTV5.
Should We Drug Test High School Students?
According to the article, about 25% of other Missouri schools already perform random drug testing on students. In Kansas, handfuls of district school boards are weighing the same debate. The questions of civil rights and privacy come into play. Some don’t like the thought of forcing high school students to pee in a cup before hitting the court. Others don’t think the games can go on without it. The editorial staff of McPherson Sentinel quotes Shane Backhus, McPherson High School activities director, regarding drug testing in McPherson High School Students:
This decision is not a question of what is convenient. It is an issue of what is right. Deterring drug abuse is right. Helping students is right.
Random Drug Testing Deters Drug Use
While many districts place their policies in question and debate the pros and cons of drug testing students (and the value vs. benefits of its cost), one thing is undeniable: random drug testing deters drug use. Students that know they will be held accountable for their choices are less likely to abuse substances. Drug testing teens is one way to build in oversight to a growing population who continues to experiment with traditional and synthetic drugs. And while it may not solve the problem completely, it certain has proven to make a dent in its progress.
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