ACLU wants random drug testing halted in Pike County school district
A Pike County judge listened to several hours of arguments Monday on the legality of a random drug-testing policy at Delaware Valley School District but delayed issuing a ruling until more court papers are filed.
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#1 Jun 18, 2011
I oppose random drug testing in schools strongly enough that I would homeschool rather than send my children to a school that does such a thing. The fact it is intended to help is irrelevant; any drug test anywhere would be justifiable based on that logic.
Effectiveness is also irrelevant. These policies can certainly be expected to deter the use of the drugs that reliably stay in the urine for more than two days. Of course, it would not deter the use of the many others that do not (or worse, those not detected at all). In any event, it does not matter.
As former Washington state supreme court justice Richard Sanders wrote in York v. Wahkiakum (the Washington state supreme court completely striking down RSDT), every person has a fundamental moral right to control his/her own bodily functions. Ordering a person to provide a urine sample on demand is, in itself, a significant intrusion on his/her moral right to privacy, regardless of how the sample is collected.
That should be obvious common sense. Certain judges, school administrators, and parents simply choose to ignore the truth because of expediency.
These policies are far more harmful to society than drugs. These policies raise children who will be contemptuous of search and seizure rights and other rights. The children will be more likely to buy into concepts such as "if you nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear." They will be more apt to allow police to freely search their homes.
Kathy Kiederer explains this issue very well.
It amazes me that proponents think that telling me stories of teens who died from overdoses or became addicted think that will have any effect on my stand. My stand is based on principles. My stand only holds firmer.
#2 Jun 19, 2011
More on this at http://tinyurl.com/3lspa8v
#3 Jun 19, 2011
or this one, both are great articles... http://tinyurl.com/5r8mn7z
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