Saturday, April 15, 2006

Why not just call it a practice prison?

One kid in the Whitesboro School District, which appears to be in Oklahoma, had a drug problem. They don't say what kind of problem. Could be he just got caught with a little marijuana or something. The parents apparently went into full panic mode and the school board jumped in with new more stringent drug policies. They now plan to require all athletes, students enrolled in extra-cirricular activities and kids who drive to school to sign a release, agreeing to be randomly tested.
Starting next fall 20 percent of the students who sign waivers will be randomly tested each month. Whitesboro I-S-D has also installed cameras in every hallway and parking lot. They are also planning on bringing drug dogs to visit the campus 4-times a month.
No danger of finding a rocket scientist in this crowd. I mean, way to go to keep the kids likely to abuse drugs on the street getting in trouble instead of engaging in some more enriching extra-cirricular activities. And drug dog sweeps once a week? Talk about disrupting the educational environment.

I find it incomprehensible that these testing proponents don't see the fatal flaws in this. The population they are purportedly trying to help are the very ones that will be alienated by it. It may keep drugs out of the school, but it won't stop kids from experimenting with drugs, despite the couple of students they found in favor of the program -- if they were indeed really in favor of it.

You have to ask if you were a teenager and a reporter asked you a question like that, that you knew your teachers and parents were going to see -- what would you say? And you if you were a kid with a drug problem, how likely would you be to approach an adult with it in that kind of environment. It's just plain dumb.


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