03
Feb
07

Students Lose Their Rights

Next Monday a school in New Jersey will begin urine testing students to determine if they have consumed alcohol in the past 80 hours. The school has already been testing for drugs in athletes, students who drive to school, and those participating in extra-curricular activities. If students are found to have alcohol in their system, they will be kicked off of teams or out of activities.

This poses many problems, including the fact that this is a direct violation by a government institution of student’s privacy. Schools cannot and should not be allowed to punish students for ANYTHING that happens off of school grounds. Students who commit crimes on the weekends are welcomed back into schools on Monday morning. It is the parent’s responsibility, not the school’s, to ensure that children are doing the right thing. This school district is way out of line. I can’t believe more parents aren’t protesting this gross violation of privacy.

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