Duluth school administrators explore random drug testing for students

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 7:43 AM

DULUTH, Minn. — School administrators in Duluth are talking about testing students randomly for drugs.

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Corey_19Jan. 16, 14 7:58 AM

Just another way to reduce parent responsibility, increase costs for GOVERNMENT controlled PUBLIC schools, all the while, exploiting a sensitive topic of teenage drug use. Those opposed (as I am) would be looked at as "uncaring" or "evil" for not wanting to do something about something to serious. Guess what, government control and taking away liberties and freedom are not the answer. Scaring teenagers into compliance with random drug testing isnt going to eliminate peer pressure from the kids who don't care about rules...its not going to eliminate the scenario when a good kid does something stupid...its not going to force the parents to have the conversation with their kids about the consequences. No wonder so many kids these days are stressed or strung out...they're told if they make a mistake, its going to be the end of the world for them.

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garry1Jan. 16, 14 8:02 AM

I'd be for it if the school teachers have to succumb to them as well.

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sharklasersJan. 16, 14 8:03 AM

Yeah so this isn't at all the responsibility of government/schools, right?. If students, why not welfare recipients?

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fatredneckJan. 16, 14 8:09 AM

Continuing the trend to eliminating presumption of innocence and the 4th amendment ( search and seizure ), I see. I fear for the future. 1984 will be a reality by 2084 and freedom a memory in illegal history.

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JONN1481Jan. 16, 14 9:43 AM

Rights? Unreasonable search? Public schools? A private school likely could do this at a private school anyone that didn't like it could leave. Any job with a drug test can leave, public school is public. This will be in court right away.

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rlwr51Jan. 16, 14 9:55 AM

No, no, no.

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tria56Jan. 16, 1410:03 AM

This is such a poor way of dealing with this problem.If your goal is to reduce drug use, you don't tackle it by using scare tactics and trying to catch the kids who are already using. If you really want to reduce youth drug use, you need to start addressing the culture within your school that results in drug use and you need to start way earlier than high school. Effective drug use prevention strategies are well-documented in the literature and guess who holds the most power in this situation? The parents. Did you hear that PTA President? The schools can only do so much. But if you have a problem, you need a culture change and random peeing in a cup doesn't change culture for the better.

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showtime11Jan. 16, 1410:16 AM

This is just another way for the government to get involved in your life. Here I thought this was a free country. Terrible idea.

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Spiker1Jan. 16, 1410:34 AM

@garry1: Just couldn't resist taking a shot at teachers….do you really think that the teachers are behind this….they have no say in district board policy…..

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beaver88Jan. 16, 1410:44 AM

I thought I was reading an article from the Onion but it's sad to find out this is real.

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