Yesterday the Duluth News Tribune published a story about the steps the Duluth School Board is taking to possibly put a plan into action that would allow for random drug testing for high school students who participate in co-curricular activities. I am not in favor of this idea at all.
I do acknowledge that drug and alcohol use at the high school level is a serious issue but I think random drug testing for student in co-curricular activities alone is a terrible idea. Here’s why. Why are we singling them out? Students in co-curricular activities already have to perform in the class room to a higher standard than non. It just doesn’t make sense to me why a school district would only randomly drug test those students. Just because they sign up to participate in the extra curricular activities they need to be tested? When I was in high school the majority of the drug users were to busy using drugs to even worry about participating in something that was “extra.” Now I am also not saying that athletes don’t use drugs or alcohol but to single out the participants of extra curricular activities for a drug test just doesn’t sit well with me.
If they want to perform random drug testing, then make it required for every student. I am very happy for the work the schools are doing to keep the drugs and alcohol out of the schools but if my son or daughter wants to be in a co-curricular activity at say age 14, I’m not in favor of their blood being taken for some test.
I will be very interested to see where this is headed.