In the present, Supreme Court faced the new case of drug policy implementation with new guidelines in public schools. Many factors in public schools wanted to change the tolerance zero that would help high school students stay sober and develop their responsibility skills. Works Cited Ringwalt, C., A. A. Vincus, S. T. Ennett, S. Hanley, J. M. Bowling, G. S. Yacoubian, and L. A. Rohrbach. "Random Drug Testing In US Public School Districts."
Mandatory and Random drug testing in schools are being more used today in our society. Mandatory drug testing is a test to show the school and the government about the well being of us teenagers. III. • The British Journal Of General Practice • The Drug Policy Alliance Network IV. Drug testing was responsible for a significant reduction in cigarette smoking among 8th grade students (13-year-olds) from 35.9% to 24.4%, alcohol use from 39.9% to 30%, and cannabis use from 18.5% to 11.8%.
But this is not a reasonable solution whatsoever. Many more students are using and selling drugs as they roam around the campus, but will never be “caught” with such a fickle and illusive process. Random student drug testing is not a plausible solution for the drug problem in public schools; it is unreliable and it infringes on the lives of those students involved. Those who support random drug testing argue that the growing trend of drug testing a small population of students in a school is effective at attacking the drug abuse problem, because fewer students will use when there is an obvious consequence (Drug Testing in School Activities 2). They believe if a drug problem is identified early enough, there is a better chance for rehabilitation.
Even though drug testing is now allowed by the Supreme Court many schools do not yet have mandatory drug test policies. Mandatory drug testing for high school athletes should be required because it decreases drug use in schools, is relatively inexpensive, and can prevent drug use and or abuse that can lead to a lifelong addiction. An example of an issue with mandatory drug testing was the Vernonia School Dist. 47J v. Acton case. In this case the Vernonia School District, which is located in Oregon, requires any student who wants to participate in activities such as athletics, for example football or basketball, to sign consent forms to allow for random drug testing throughout the particular sports season.
“Our policy is not designed to be a ‘gotcha’ policy. We simply want to work with kids and parents. If we help a student a say no to peer pressure, that’s a touchdown for us”(Patterson). Providing a drug testing program would help eliminate the peer pressure that comes along with being a high school student. Daily, students are faced with situations that could make or break them.
To save the future pillars of society from bad influences of drugs and lead them to a brighter future, the government is responsible to propose and execute effective ways with schools; Although they have implemented drug testing schemes in schools, it is proven to be ineffective to stop teens’ drug abuse problem. The drug tests are carried out in 23 schools in Tai Po, a district in Hong Kong, out of the total of 523 schools in Hong Kong. In these schools, up to 5% of the students in each school would be chosen randomly to take drug tests with consent from both the parent and the student on agreeing to take the test. Students’ urine sample will be used in the tests and the test covers several common types of drugs which were consumed by teenage drug abusers in Hong Kong. Evidence: There is a need in carrying out school testing schemes because of the increasing number of drug abusers over years.
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