Unless I'm reading this wrong, the story does not explicitly say that
Rockhurst Highschool is a private school. The story only seems to
indicate that with this last sentence:
"Private schools are allowed to test all students while public
schools are restricted by the Fourth Amendment."
In any case, we don't do shit like this up here in Canada. We don't
to do it.
I don't know why you are killing yourselves financially (if not morally)
with this insane desire to create this "total information awareness",
The culture of control.
You americans are hell bent at erasing all boundaries between the common
citizen and the people that wear the hats.
Is this what your founding fathers wanted?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) — A Kansas City high school will begin
collecting hair from students to conduct mandatory drug tests.
KHSB-TV reports that Rockhurst High School will start the random drug
testing during the 2013-14 school year.
“Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad
decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the
parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back
on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life,”
Rockhurst Principal Greg Harkness told the station.
The school will collect 60 strands of hair from the student and test for
several types of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. If a student
comes back with a positive drug test, that student will have 90 days to
get drug-free. The station reports the file will be destroyed for a
student who tests positive after graduation and colleges and
universities will never know about the failed test.
Matthew Brocato, the school’s junior class president, told The Kansas
City Star that the mandatory drug testing is not to punish students who
“When you hear ‘drug testing,’ you think cops,” Brocato told the Star.
“At first you’re taken aback. Is it for the better?”
Officials decided to start drug testing during the next school year
after a recent survey conducted to their students.
“What was most alarming for us is that when you asked our students if
everyone else is doing it, they said, ‘Yes.’ But, in fact, they
weren’t,” Harkness told KHSB. “It’s that perception I think among
teenagers today that fuels the peer pressure – that there’s this idea
that ‘Everyone is doing it, so I guess I have to do it myself.’”
Parents are also backing the school’s decision.
“We’ve had lots of conversations – that’s the thing I like most about it
– it has opened up conversations around the dinner table with both my
boys, and that’s been great for our family,” mother Tammy Privitera told
The ACLU, though, believe school drug testing is a waste of time and
“Nothing prohibits it,” Doug Bonney, legal director for the ACLU of
Kansas and Western Missouri, told the Star. “But it is a colossal waste
Private schools are allowed to test all students while public schools
are restricted by the Fourth Amendment.