Mandatory drug testing at Rockhurst High School is intrusive
The Kansas City Star
As a former Rockhurst High School parent, I can say for certain that opinions of the school’s new drug-testing-for-all policy will run the gamut. It’s an all-boys Catholic prep school with a wide diversity of thought among students and parents.
Personally, I find the idea intrusive and somewhat creepy.
Why place every student in the school under suspicion? If kids are involved in drug use and/or binge drinking — and some of them surely are — a trained staff will spot the signs quickly enough. I would prefer a more targeted approach.
The school and some students say the new policy, under which every student will be tested randomly at least once a year, will help the kids cope with a complex world and give them cover to refuse beer or marijuana at a party. I am dubious.
A drug-test-for-all policy seems to me more likely to erode trust and engender resentment among students who already balk at the school’s dress code and other enforced conformity measures.