Proposed Mandatory Drug Testing Policy For Scott County Students

A debate was held Monday night at the Scott County High School. That's where parents and school officials met to discuss a proposed mandatory drug testing policy for students.

The open forum allowed parents to voice their opinions about the policy, which would force students who drive to school or participate in school activities, to take random drug tests.

Some parents say they have concerns about the proposal.

The school board doesn't know how it will pay for the testing, but say if the proposal is approved, parents could be asked to contribute money.

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  • by Steve Location: Kentucky on May 13, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    I think John has the right idea. We are not ruining enough lives with the current drug policy. Just as other people have said, these drug users constantly try to hide behind their Constitutional rights and that is why the Constitution needs to be repealed. Think about it, the only people who make use of these rights anyway are people who have something to hide. I fully support having the police randomly come into people's houses just to make sure that they aren't doing anything illegal. If you object to this then you are no doubt a criminal and should be arrested.
  • by Stupid Location: Kentucky on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    I bet someone on the school board has investments in the local drug testing center. What a joke, why dont we just test the parent's too since they are the ones responsible for the kids.
  • by donald Location: gtown on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Why single out the students ? Test teachers janitors ,bus drivers cooks and administrators as well. Randomly ,at least 2x year
  • by Steven Location: KY on Apr 23, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    Why don't we drug test everybody? Better yet, why don't we put an implant under everybody's skin and put security cameras in everyone's home? And if you want to test "ALL" of them, at what age do you start testing ALL of them? Twelve, eleven, ten, nine, younger? Where do you draw the line once you turn responsibility over to the government? Parents want everyone else to raise their kids for them. What the average parent knows about drugs and substance abuse could be put on the head of a pin. Simply having a child no more makes you a good parent than having a driver's license makes you a good driver. Before you advocate drug testing, read something about it, educate yourself. Everywhere it's been introduced it's been a massive failure. So pull yourself away from Oprah and Dr. Phil for five minutes and for the sake of your kids, develop a little knowledge about the subject matter.
  • by Irina Location: Blacksburg, VA on Apr 23, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    A 2003 study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse – the largest of its kind – examined 94,000 students at 900 schools in the U.S. and found no difference between levels of drug use at schools that test their students and those that do not. The study concluded, “[S]chool drug testing was not associated with either the prevalence or frequency of student marijuana use, or of other illicit drug use.”
  • by Debbie Location: Mt. Sterling on Apr 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    OF COURSE students & teachers should be drug tested...ALL of them. Scott County officials do not intend to throw the book at these people. They hope they can get these young people help before they REALLY get into trouble. See, if they're into substance abuse, they'll most certainly wind up in serious trouble. I commend Scott County for being proactive.
  • by Brenda Location: U.S.A. on Apr 23, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Drug testing is a BILLION dollar a year business. And that's what this is about. Those who are seeking profit dangling what appears to be a viable solution in front of those who are in good faith, seeking a solution. But it's all about money. 99.9% of the target "demographic" that drug testing attempts to identify is never tested in the first place. This is a massive waste of time and funds and one more in a series of intrusions on civil liberties. This is like using an atomic bomb to kill a couple of ants. The only difference is that they're aren't massive profits involved in killing ants. But there sure is in drug testing.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Apr 23, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    John makes a good point-but there aren't enough jails in the country to put these people. Also, there aren't enough TAX DOLLARS to build new jails, so it then becomes another problem of do we want higher taxes. I know of cases where they put the kids in Juvi, then they get out and go right back to drugs, so that was just a waste of time and money. Current policies aren't working for the most part, as to getting kids locked up-so what can be done? I don't even know if our LAWMAKERS really care or not. I just feel that if they were so concerned about the financial problems of this state, or country, that they would just quit voting themselves all these pay raises-they don't need them. I do think the random drug testing is a great idea and should be done in all schools to everybody once a month.
  • by blah blah blah Location: kentucky on Apr 23, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    dont worry about being drug tested if you dont do drugs if you do you deserve to be caught suspended and jailed an drug abuse IS NOT JUST POOR PEOPLE OR A DRUG WAR ON POOR PEOPLE even the millionaire snobs abuse drugs clean up the trash get it out of our schools our kids deserve better an yes everyone from teacher grounds keepers janitors cooks and the high and mighty board members need tested get them all best way to cure the problem
  • by Irina Location: Blacksburg, VA on Apr 23, 2008 at 12:21 AM
    Before many of you jump to conclusions, do some research. This isn't the first time student drug testing has come into consideration. Here are some points that should make you think twice before you throw away money you don't even have on such an ineffective and potentially harmful policy- Hope you make the right decision.
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