Random Drug Testing for SC Teachers
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Jimmy

Easley, SC

#61 Apr 21, 2011
citizen corruption wrote:
I wonder why the "well meaning" people behind this drug testing were so angry and threatning when the vote failed last time. Money or the loss thereof is
the only thing that can make you that mad! Do certain people have finacial stake in drug testing companies? Smith County is the only county in Tennessee that has this policy. If these "well meaners" could have money in all those tests in all Tenn counties, then that would be nice. I wonder if there is some kind of a deal to get all counties to drug test teachers. Big market!! Are the "well meaners" Sweating this out and are angry because they are getting push back to their secret plan??? Nobody gets this angry and threatning unless money is someway involved.
The same question goes for the teachers that are pushing it; what are they so afraid of, afraid of a dirty test? Why is one of teachers who filed the suit, husband, who just happens to be of the Board of Education, so upset about it?
It does matter who get paid to do the testing, just do it.
wah

White House, TN

#62 Apr 21, 2011
I think they are offended that anyone would think they would be a "drug user". I dont really think they are using drugs or are impaired. I think they are insulted by it but they dont seem to realize this attitude is totally feeding the publics view they are afraid to be tested! I really think they think that educated older people wouldnt do drugs. I think the only thing they are guilty of is having a narrow minded opinion of addiction. I think they also feel they might be singled out to always be the one tested because of their objections to the policy. The teachers objected that students would know they were being tested and would assume there was suspicion. Im sure they could discreetly have a teacher have a drug test during their planning period or break time. I dont think they should announce would Mrs. Jane Doe please come to the bathroom so we can get a drug screen. I have no reason to suspect any teacher of drug abuse in this county. I can even see we could save money by not drug testing them but I also see some parents have real concerns about this. I think the policy should be looked at again.
gagaga

Gordonsville, TN

#63 Apr 21, 2011
wah wrote:
I think they are offended that anyone would think they would be a "drug user". I dont really think they are using drugs or are impaired. I think they are insulted by it but they dont seem to realize this attitude is totally feeding the publics view they are afraid to be tested! I really think they think that educated older people wouldnt do drugs. I think the only thing they are guilty of is having a narrow minded opinion of addiction. I think they also feel they might be singled out to always be the one tested because of their objections to the policy. The teachers objected that students would know they were being tested and would assume there was suspicion. Im sure they could discreetly have a teacher have a drug test during their planning period or break time. I dont think they should announce would Mrs. Jane Doe please come to the bathroom so we can get a drug screen. I have no reason to suspect any teacher of drug abuse in this county. I can even see we could save money by not drug testing them but I also see some parents have real concerns about this. I think the policy should be looked at again.
Do you realy believe that education equates to whether or not a person has a substance abuse problem? Do a little research on doctors......phamacists.....nu rses...all of whom are well educated and have seen the effects of drug abuse in their patients. They too fall prey to the lie of addiction.. My opinion, and that is all it is, is that the public does not like to see a group of people that are paid by our tax dollars believe themselves above the same rules of employment that many of us have to live by. Each side deems the others opinion as "not fair" well guess what people life isn't always fair. But each side has valid arguments and maybe this issue should be decided by more than a handfull of people some of whom have an emotional, fanancial and professional stake in the outcome.
Willie Brown

Columbia, SC

#64 Jun 16, 2011
I say why don't we just turn out the lights and go home, because everyone in the country is on drugs.The US uses 60% of all prescription drugs manufactured. How much longer must we suffer at the hands of hypocrits who call for drug tests for everyone while gulping down all kinds of so called legal narcotics? You pro-drug testers are the same people complaining about the government being in our business. If you want testing then go to your employer or potential employer and volunteer to be tested.
Laughs

Columbia, SC

#65 Jul 26, 2012
If you're going to argue against lack of testing, try not to use the English language like you're high. South Carolina is almost the dumbest state in the country, and by the look of many of these comments, the primary problem doesn't appear to rest with teachers or drug tests.

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