A wisconsin high school district has been caught up in controversy over a new policy to randomly drug test students, much like a prison would inmates.
The Crivitz school district will usher in the new policy in the fall, claiming that it is to “protect” students.
“We have a growing drug problem in Marinette County and in talking with the police force and talking with school administrators and other conference athletic directors, I just felt that as a school we could do something to try to deter students,” said athletic director and varsity football coach Jeff Dorschner.
Given that it is actually unconstitutional to randomly drug test students, the school district is using a loophole to do so.
Students taking part in extracurricular activities or students who park vehicles on school property will be subject to the random testing.
“Participating in extracurriculars, um in public high schools is a privilege and it’s not a right, as well as parking on our school parking lot,” Dorschner explained.
Tests will be conducted by randomly picking student identification numbers via computer every fortnight.
Should a student test positive, or refuse to be tested, they will be barred from athletic involvement, mandated to attend counseling, and their parents will be alerted. The school says it will not expel any students or involve police.
While some parents are troubled by the program, others are advocating for it.
“You know a couple people think ‘oh invasion of our privacy’ and things like that. I don’t look at it that way at all because I know I definitely would want to know if my daughter was taking drugs or anything because you want to catch that early,” Danette Waloway, mother of a Crivitz senior told reporters.
The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes random drug testing in schools, saying that there is no evidence to suggest that it acts as a deterrent.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.