DeSoto schools and drug testing

DeSoto schools and drug testing

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United States

#1 Dec 2, 2013
So I read in the paper last week that the district is trying to start mandatory drug testing on the entire student body. I would like to hear others parents thoughts on this?
Vicky

United States

#2 Dec 2, 2013
I'm all for it I think it would be great
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Dec 2, 2013
They should start with the staff!!!
Cloud12

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Dec 2, 2013
So what's the financial impact of something like this? Sounds expensive and invasive as well.
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Dec 2, 2013
It's none of Big Brother business what any ones child is doing when they are not at school! It is up to the parents to handle these situations, not some pompous assed school board!
DeSoto Parent

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Dec 3, 2013
For one it is not the entire student body, its ONLY student athletes, and staff. Number two steroid use is tested at every level of athletics, college and above, and if your child wants to do drugs, they shouldn't play sports! End of discussion. What Jeff Russell is doing is the first smart thing the school has done EVER. Im related to a 3 sport student and when I told him about this he stated "whelp there goes almost every athlete we have". It needs to stop, and once the graduate THEY WILL BE DRUG TESTED AT ANY JOB THEY APPLY TO.
Cloud12

United States

#7 Dec 3, 2013
DeSoto Parent wrote:
For one it is not the entire student body, its ONLY student athletes, and staff. Number two steroid use is tested at every level of athletics, college and above, and if your child wants to do drugs, they shouldn't play sports! End of discussion. What Jeff Russell is doing is the first smart thing the school has done EVER. Im related to a 3 sport student and when I told him about this he stated "whelp there goes almost every athlete we have". It needs to stop, and once the graduate THEY WILL BE DRUG TESTED AT ANY JOB THEY APPLY TO.
The paper actually said the student body.. And when you drug test for a job your getting paid for that job, they don't get paid to go to school. Why should the school get that much say over a students life outside of school? They already control social media, which is none if their business either. As long as a student doesn't show up to school under the influence then they should have the right to an education. Leave the parenting to the parents and the teaching to the schools. What next are they going to want to come in my house and look through my underwear drawer?? Has anyone considered what this could potentially do to the drop out rate at the HS? Also I hope they are planning on testing elementary and junior high as well, if not that would be age discrimination. Also I would like to add I DO NOT condone the use of drugs, I just really am getting tired of the school sticking their nose in everything. I am quite capable of raising my child without the help of the district.
Guest

Columbia, MO

#8 Dec 3, 2013
The school board and district has to do something about the drugs because some parents do not care and the drugs are being sold and passed through the school hallways. Any student involved in extra activities should be tests because it is a privilege to be involved in those activities and not a right. Staff should be included in the tests also.
DHS alum

Columbia, MO

#9 Dec 3, 2013
Guest wrote:
The school board and district has to do something about the drugs because some parents do not care and the drugs are being sold and passed through the school hallways. Any student involved in extra activities should be tests because it is a privilege to be involved in those activities and not a right. Staff should be included in the tests also.
You are exactly right, it is a privilege to be involved in extra curricular activities. Who cares if half of the athletes/band members/choir kids/etc get kicked off the teams. I think its great that they are trying to do this.. It is so funny that there are people on here complaining about the schools not doing enough to protect their kids but now when the school wants to test for drugs people are all bent out of shape. Sounds like a bunch of hypocrites to me, either that or its you or your kids selling the drugs at school and to the students and you don't want to lose your clientele... Test them all k-12, because if a first grader has drugs in their system then DFS needs to get involved and get that child out before its too late... and test the teachers too, who cares... I love the idea... It is nice to see the board and community acting with integrity and character.
Cloud12

United States

#10 Dec 3, 2013
Guest wrote:
The school board and district has to do something about the drugs because some parents do not care and the drugs are being sold and passed through the school hallways. Any student involved in extra activities should be tests because it is a privilege to be involved in those activities and not a right. Staff should be included in the tests also.
Something needs done about child abuse as well, should they bring in a counselor and start interviewing students about their home life? Something needs done about suicude also should they bring in a shrink and start doing mental evaluations?
Something also needs done about shootings at schools, should we let the school district search all of our homes for guns- so they know which students are a possible threat?

My point is that the school doesn't need and shouldn't have this much control over the student body, it's not their place. It's not a prison, they are not out on parole and have to visit with their probation officer.
guest

High Ridge, MO

#11 Dec 3, 2013
Cloud12 wrote:
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Something needs done about child abuse as well, should they bring in a counselor and start interviewing students about their home life? Something needs done about suicude also should they bring in a shrink and start doing mental evaluations?
Something also needs done about shootings at schools, should we let the school district search all of our homes for guns- so they know which students are a possible threat?
My point is that the school doesn't need and shouldn't have this much control over the student body, it's not their place. It's not a prison, they are not out on parole and have to visit with their probation officer.
Yep, that's what we need more government intrusion in our lives!
Guest

Columbia, MO

#12 Dec 3, 2013
The school district is responsible for providing a safe environment for every student. Keeping drugs out of the schools falls under that area.
The problem is that drugs are being sold and passed around at school. One way to solve this problem is to drug test. If you do not like this idea then take your child somewhere else. This is a great idea and needs to be done starting next year. Start with all students involved in extra activities, sports, clubs, etc. and the staff. See how that works and then move to entire student body.
An observer

Festus, MO

#13 Dec 4, 2013
Has anyone not heard of the fourth amendment? Not to mention many on here complain of teachers and administrators with grudges against certain students. How can this be executed with integrity? This is a clear case of the school board overstepping their authority. Half of the problem is the inept DARE program implemented in school based on fear and disinformation. Students hear the garbage propaganda from this program and when they realize that the marijuana they smoked didn't kill them, it makes their minds more open to the experimentation of other illegal substances. When I went through DARE well over ten years ago it was all about the dangers of marijuana. But look what is on the rise now, prescription painkiller abuse and heroin making a comeback. Wow nothing was said of opiates back then only weed, but it's medicine so it can't be harmful. It's time we starting implementing a real drug prevention program in our schools which starts at home. Remember, when you clench a fistful sand the more it slips through your fingers. Parents, start holding your kids accountable and take interest in their lives. You can be authoritative without being an authoritarian.
missynursern

Sikeston, MO

#14 Dec 5, 2013
Everyone should be drug tested regularly.
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Dec 5, 2013
An observer wrote:
Has anyone not heard of the fourth amendment? Not to mention many on here complain of teachers and administrators with grudges against certain students. How can this be executed with integrity? This is a clear case of the school board overstepping their authority. Half of the problem is the inept DARE program implemented in school based on fear and disinformation. Students hear the garbage propaganda from this program and when they realize that the marijuana they smoked didn't kill them, it makes their minds more open to the experimentation of other illegal substances. When I went through DARE well over ten years ago it was all about the dangers of marijuana. But look what is on the rise now, prescription painkiller abuse and heroin making a comeback. Wow nothing was said of opiates back then only weed, but it's medicine so it can't be harmful. It's time we starting implementing a real drug prevention program in our schools which starts at home. Remember, when you clench a fistful sand the more it slips through your fingers. Parents, start holding your kids accountable and take interest in their lives. You can be authoritative without being an authoritarian.
Be careful, you will be sent to the Gulag for daring to speak the truth!! The drug teast will probably part of the approach they take in attempting to get another tax hike in April! Make sure you all vote no, they waste what they steal from us anyway!
Anonymous

Sikeston, MO

#16 Dec 5, 2013
guest wrote:
<quoted text> Be careful, you will be sent to the Gulag for daring to speak the truth!! The drug teast will probably part of the approach they take in attempting to get another tax hike in April! Make sure you all vote no, they waste what they steal from us anyway!
Test them all!!
stupid as hell

Hillsboro, MO

#17 Dec 11, 2013
Ask yourself, who is to gain from this?
Who's getting the contracts?
How much does this cost?
If you think drug testing student athletes will clean up anything you're retarded. This is a money grab, plain and simple.
D.A.R.E. didn't work. The war on drugs failed. You're kicking a dead horse and shaking quarters out of its butt.
You want drugs out of your school? Hire a resource officer and pay attention to the kids. It's amazing what you can find out if you listen.
Rush

United States

#18 Dec 13, 2013
guest wrote:
<quoted text> Yep, that's what we need more government intrusion in our lives!
Tea Bagger
OMG

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Jan 23, 2014
So I just read in the Leader that the district wants to test the students but not the staff! Are you kidding me right now?? The staff should ALREADY be getting tested!! So whats good for the goose is not good for the gander??? The drop out rate will sky rocket if this happens. I am only guessing the district is rich since we paid Andy J off and still have money left over for this project? Yet the board is proposing another tax increase..?
you are an idiot

Columbia, MO

#21 Jan 24, 2014
OMG wrote:
So I just read in the Leader that the district wants to test the students but not the staff! Are you kidding me right now?? The staff should ALREADY be getting tested!! So whats good for the goose is not good for the gander??? The drop out rate will sky rocket if this happens. I am only guessing the district is rich since we paid Andy J off and still have money left over for this project? Yet the board is proposing another tax increase..?
Well the district is having an open forum to discuss it with the community, so instead of bitching about it on here why don't you get off your a$$ and go to the meeting...
I'm all for kids being drug free and think that it is a great idea as long as the right steps are taken to ensure its success... As far as complaining about the Andy J situation-that ship has sailed-quit beating a dead horse and move on, it's getting old... As far as money goes maybe there are grants out there the school can apply for to help with the costs and I assure you that the financial side of this is something the district is taking into consideration... Plus, you obviously don't know a damn thing because the program isn't trying to get kids to drop out or hurt their academics it is aimed at trying to get kids to NOT USE DRUGS AND TO HELP THOSE WHO ABUSE DRUGS, WHICH IS A GOOD THING!!!! All in all, stop complaining and take an active role in finding a solution, but you will probably just keep running your mouth and just be a problem.. or your kid is a pot head and you just don't want to see consequences for your failed parenting!
The one thing I can agree with you about is that the teachers should be tested... Employees at the company I work for are tested regularly and it seems fair to me that the teachers get tested too... Plus some of these kids will be in the work force soon and will have to submit a urine sample for work or perhaps a hair follicle test, so it isn't going to hurt these kids to learn early on-If you do drugs and get caught there will be action taken let alone IT IS ILLEGAL!

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