Jesus H Christ on a stick. WTF is going on in America? Every other day there is some perceived “plague” on the young, violence, bad TV, sex, AIDS…blahblahblah
And now, in my home State, close to where I went to High School some pinheads are saying that drug USE is a disease (not drug addiction mind you) and to prevent this disease, all middle and high school students should be drug tested!!
Now let me get this straight: the US government can’t spy on people who are calling and receiving calls from people with terrorist links, but MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL kids can be drug tested. And the BEST part is the results are for the SCHOOLs only. The POlice won’t be notified. Gosh, will they tell the parents?
Nothing like an invasion of privacy to get the young uns used to being slaves of the State. Pop a piss test and you will be forced into counselling.
And the “medical professionals” who back this idiotic cleansing should be forced back to college to earn a degree in something useful.
Could a law mandating drug testing for all middle and high school students be coming here to New York? A group of concerned citizens in Amsterdam hopes so.
The group behind the proposal says drug use is a disease, not just an addiction. They feel it can be prevented if looked at and dealt with as a health problem.
“It’s a long process and we needed to start somewhere and that is right here in our community,” says Bob Reidy, the former Montgomery County commissioner of social services.
Reidy is part of a group that wants to see the state Legislature mandate that all middle school and high school students be tested for drugs. The committee says positive tests would not be brought to the police, but rather used to get students treatment and the help needed.
“There would be no notification to the police at all. The notification is the school administrator, nurse and parents. So it’s kept confidential,” he said.
But students like Amsterdam junior Angel Martinez wonder if that would be the case.
“No matter what, the parents would call police because that would be reinforcement right there,” Martinez said.
The same group says it started a voluntary testing program years ago in Amsterdam’s middle school. They feel drug use is a disease, not just an addiction and that it needs to be treated. But Reidy adds that mandatory testing could be the greatest prevention tool possible.
Some students agree.
“I guess if they found someone who was doing things they could help them, get them not addicted to it anymore,” junior William Hunt said.
But Martinez is not so sure.
“Even the ones that don’t do drugs would be against it because they know its an invasion of privacy,” Martinez said.
Reidy says he understands the resistance, but feels the issues of drugs and teenagers is worth discussing.
“I don’t disagree that parents need to take hold and take the issue, but sometimes parents don’t know how and they’re not exactly sure how to get correction,” Reidy said.
The Amsterdam School Board is expected to discuss the issue Wednesday night.
The superintendent says he’s drafted up a resolution backing the proposal. He says he hopes the school board will give its support to the group in their quest for legislation that would mandate statewide testing[/quote]
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