Drug testing teens always raises trust questions
The Kansas City Star
Rockhurst High School in the fall of this year will start testing all of its students for drug and alcohol use.
Some area public schools have drug-testing policies, but they are either random or limited to students in extracurricular activities. The Fourth Amendment restriction against unreasonable searches and seizures provides some constitutional shields. But private schools operate under a different standard.
Rockhurst is an exclusive, private, Jesuit, all-male, south Kansas City high school. School officials told The Kansas City Star there was no unusual drug or alcohol abuse problem that triggered the decision.
It came after two years of research and discussion. The policy certainly will cause students to think twice before indulging in substance abuse — a second positive test could lead to possible discipline.
But it also signals an eroding amount of trust that adults have for young people — even in one of the area’s best schools. Obviously conversations about such health and wellness concerns just aren’t enough anymore.