By Chris Elliott
September 16, 2009
If, as parents, we really want to help our children, I recommend selective drug testing. Why waste money drug testing the kid on Honor Roll who plays varsity sports? And who will decide which kids to test? TEACHERS! If there is any group of adults who know what is going on, it is teachers. They see our kids every day and I would wager they know exactly who is slipping down that slope or, perhaps, already laying at the bottom. This is, of course, a great burden to put on teachers, but if parents would develop and support a system whereby teachers could refer individual students for drug testing, we might be able to get a handle on this. It's one small step, but if it opens the eyes of one parent and saves one student, it will be worthwhile.
A program that identifies students
with drug problems should not be used to punish that student.
If parents consent to this selective drug testing, they must
be assured that their child will not be arrested or expelled
or punished. The purpose should be to identify children who
need help and to provide counseling. There are privacy issues,
I know. But, as a parent, if you knew that your child wouldn't
be arrested or expelled or punished for a positive result on
a drug test, would you be willing to consent to it? It may be
the kid on the Honor Roll who plays varsity sports, but wouldn't
you want to know before that kid crashed?
About: " K-12 Ketchikan School District; former School Board member; mother/wife"
Received September 15, 2009 - Published September 16, 2009
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