Random drug tests for kids are counterproductive

2013-03-21T00:00:00Z Random drug tests for kids are counterproductive nwitimes.com
March 21, 2013 12:00 am

The implementation of random drug testing at Lowell High (and probably other schools in the area) is counterproductive. Stripping students from extracurricular activities (a positive influence in their lives) and parking privileges isn't a solution to the problem of drug use.

Perhaps the school should invest its money in effective drug education programs and free quality counseling services. Extracurricular activities are a positive influence on students and shouldn't be taken away in response to drug use.

Many students old enough to drive to school also have jobs. Taking away parking privileges further complicates their lives, which could potentially lead to further drug use.

I'm not saying disciplinary action shouldn't happen, I just think the time should fit the crime.

Indiana and New Jersey are the only states that allow for random drug testing of students who park at school. Pennsylvania has ruled this testing unconstitutional.

- Leilani Mroczkowski, Somerville, Mass.

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