On March 2, Student Senate met with Mr. Weddig to discuss what steps we can take to keep drugs out of our school. As the discussion progressed, two approaches were outlined: random testing and reasonable suspicion testing. Random testing would be just that — regular, but random testing. The drawback on this one is expense. The second approach, one that senators spent much more time on, is reasonable suspicion drug testing.
Reasonable suspicion drug testing centers on just that–a reaonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of a controlled substance. Staff would be trained to identify 20 characteristics of drug use and if a student exhibited three or more of the characteristics, a referral could be made to the office.
At that point, some screening would take place involving the principal, school nurse, and guidance. If they agree, then a test can be ordered–it would be similar to the type of testing that would occur at a traffic stop. Refusal to submit to the test would be the same as being found guilty.
Now that the senate is geared up to take on the issue, what do you think?
How do we keep drugs out of the school? How do we keep the school a safe environment for students?
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