Roughly 4,000 students will be subjected to random random drug tests next year as the school district believes there may be a drug problem in the district.
Jones explained that it will be only for the kids who participate in athletics, any type of extracurricular non-athletic program and those who drive and park on campus.
This is likely a large portion of the school population and, as with any program like this, it will expand until all students are subject to testing. If a child wishes to continue their education at the college level, they will need evidence of participation in activities, which puts them in a position where they need to choose random drug testing or risk not getting into a good college.
Parent Allison Johnson says this is a move in the right direction.
“We have a lot of athletes that are doing things that they shouldn’t be doing and we have a lot of coaches that are upholding it, so I think going into schools doing random drug tests, I think it’s a good thing,” Johnson said.
But these drug tests never test for alcohol. They certainly don’t test for rapists or those who would commit domestic violence. They don’t even test for all drugs possible.
Up to 80 students a month will be tested on campus, picked by random ID number selection.
Do these months count during the summer or is it only during the school year? Will the random test discard you after being picked or does every student have a chance of being picked each month?
Villa Rica High School junior Trey Farmer says he is not concerned.
“I don’t have nothing to hide, but some people may be offended because they may have something to hide, on the other hand,” Farmer said.
Yes, you do have something to hide. Everyone does. People aren’t being offended because they have something to hide. They are being offended because this is conditioning students to believe they have no rights in their personal life, something the Supreme Court has said is okay.
Considering the fact that this has been done before and it was found that politicians had an interest in the drug company performing the test, parents in this district should start asking who is doing the test and if anyone in the district is going to gain personally.
This policy will also not address any drug problem there may be in the school. If a student is using marijuana, they may switch to Spice, a synthetic marijuana. It’s legal, sold as incense and isn’t going to show up on a drug test. The only lesson the students learn is how to avoid getting caught on a drug test.
No one asked the school district about the false-positive or false-negative rates either and what would happen when this occurs. Is there any appeal process for the students?
The report and the video give no indication of what a penalty may be, but a former student the next county over, explained what it was like in his/her district.
As a former student of Douglas County school system (literally the county next to Carroll County) they’ve been doing this for years. I graduated I’m 2007, when I went to br in any club, have your picture in the yearbook, play sports, or even walk at graduation you have to sign a form the beginning of the year allowing them to test you if you were selected. I was “randomly selected” pretty much every month, though most of my friends were dirty I wasn’t much of a smoker, therefore never tested positive.
Consequences were severe, one positive test, either 1 month suspension or parents could pay a “waiver fee” to the sheriff’s dept of about $3500. Second time and thereafter was a fine of $7500 and immediate suspension and referral to a mandatory drug treatment program held while you were in the county jail for 30 days.
It’s a complete racket allowing the sheriff and school system to extort money from the parents of the kids found in violation of their policy.
The only reason any of these drugs will ruin your life is because the school districts are willing to ruin a student’s life over $5 in marijuana, not because the kid has a problem.