High School Makes Drug Testing Mandatory so They Can "Help" Kids Who Are Using

Image: iStockphoto/ThinkstockRockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri is taking the well-being of their students to a new and ridiculous level. Starting this fall, the Jesuit school will subject their students to mandatory drug testing. The testing will be random, but students are required to participate if selected, and those selected will have a piece of hair collected from a staff member who also happens to be a barber. But the purpose of the testing is not to discipline the students, but to get them help and alert their parents to their drug or alcohol use.

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"Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life," Rockhurst Principal Greg Harkness told news channel KSHB.

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The test is said to detect any drug or alcohol usage within the prior 90 days. Those children who test positive don't have to worry about the school administration being notified. Test results will only be kept in a guidance folder and the student's parents will be called in to determine a "treatment" plan. And the results also won't be passed on to any colleges. In fact, they'll be destroyed upon graduation.

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Is this school crossing the line? I think so. They're basically saying that parents aren't doing a good enough job raising their kids. I understand drug testing for sports or if a student is in an elite program where being drug free is part of the terms of participation, but this high school is doing this just because they think they are better than the parents. Certainly if a school has cause for concern about a student, I can see them getting involved, but otherwise they should stick to focusing on educating the kids and not having these added and unnecessary distractions.

Sarah Fernandez blogs at ChateauandBungalow.com

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