Jon Kraus, the president of St. Mary’s said there has been the occasional incident over drugs, but no major problems at the private Catholic school.
According to Kraus, the change in policy is motivated by the desire to keep the school a totally drug-free zone.
He said it gives students a way to combat peer pressure.
Kraus said, “Having a drug testing policy in high school allows the kids to say, ‘I can’t do that. I might be tested on Monday and I don’t want to get myself in trouble’.”
As a private school, Kraus said students agree to the code of conduct before every school year. These new changes are now part of school policy.
That means at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, every student will be required to undergo a hair drug test.
A few strands of hair will be cut from each student.
Those hair samples will be sent to Psychemedics Lab for testing. For more information about the test, click on this link: http://www.psychemedics.com
Then, Kraus said, random testing will start 90 days after the initial drug testing.
Each hair test costs about $40. There are 330 students at St. Mary’s which means the initial testing will cost about $13,200.
Students who test positive for drugs will not be reported to police unless it is required by law or police request results.
School officials said the most important part of the drug testing is that consequences will primarily be focused on helping students through therapeutic means.
However, students who test positive for drugs would be suspended for three days from school. They will also be suspended from co-curricular activities for 30 days.
In addition, administrators said students will be required to get help, especially if addiction is involved. Subsequent drug tests will also be required.
Officials said this is definitely the right choice for St. Mary’s High School.
According to administrators, parents and students should feel free to ask questions and voice concerns during the next few months.
Voluntary testing with parental permission is scheduled to start in March.
The slippery slope into tyranny is a long one, indoctrinating kids that unreasonable searches are okay and they have no rights under the US CONSTITUTION, specifically the Bill of Rights Article 4. This is an invasion of privacy and up to the parents to do to their kids if warranted, but not through the school system, private or otherwise!
Some think EVERYONE in America should be subjected to mandatory weekly drug testing. Those who fail to provide specimen or fail review will be sent to Guantanamo or some other rendition prison for a little r & r, or maybe we just send ’em to work rehab camps for corporate profits if they are ‘dirty’. Line up, zeee papers please! Be sure to receive your vaccine on the way out!
I understand that you don’t want your children harmed by smoking weed (they have this tendency to loose respect for all authority), yet you might turn right around and give them dangerous psychotropic drugs (anti-depressants) that that they pass out like candy these days to keep people compliant and numb; I know my brother was on them and it almost killed him (the correlation between psychiatric drugs and acts of violence including suicide and homicide has been well documented, look yourself). From what I’ve heard most kids are stealing their parents’ pain pills (aka hillbilly heroin) and od at the er. I wonder if they check for pharmaceuticals, high cholesterol too, and why not a DNA fingerprint for health and the ‘just in case you go missing’ BS!
I forgot since the PATRIOT and NDAA, we Americans have no defense against government or private/corporate intrusion on liberties; as speech, firearm ownership, or unlawful search of your body under the 4th (Bill of Rights); therefore we have no defense for the common liberty, freedom, and justice; only the wars and proxy of corporate/international interests, in far off lands and over the TV, in the name of ‘Freedom’ or keeping ‘terror’ at bay. Nor do we Americans have the presumption of innocence before search, unless warrant issued, since the war on freedom~uh humm I mean ‘war on terror’ makes us all suspect of something or another. We, the US people, should watch for all the signs of oligarchical totalitarianism, and how the ‘beast’ that has shown its head, aka tyranny, because an informed well armed citizenry is the only defense. some think I should take off the tinfoil but yall been warned (those who don’t know the big words look them up)
DNA fingerprinting had been done in Texas for years without parental consent (Andrea Beleno would rather be doing most anything else than dealing with how the State of Texas flat-out stole her son’s DNA fingerprint for a vast database of newborns at the hospital and against consent. For almost seven years, the state had been taking the blood of most newborns in Texas — and storing it without parental consent — for “possible use in medical research”), and under the radar.
I know, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about!”; yet I suspect something much more sinister than simple drug policy enforcement.
VERY IMPORTANT – This is teaching children a very bad message, THAT THEY ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED