School Requires Drug Tests for Every Kid in Extracurricular Activities -- EVERY Kid

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drugsKids and drugs. They're just about every mom's worry. But just how far are you willing to go to keep the two apart? Would you let your 13-year-old be drug tested just so she can take part in extracurricular activities at her junior high?

That's the question parents in Marion, Ohio are facing right now. Pleasant Middle School has made drug testing mandatory for any student involved in extracurricular activities.

EVERY extracurricular activity.

EVERY kid.

Nice message they're sending to the kids, huh? Sorry kids, we trust you about as far as we could throw you, and now that you're teenagers, that's not very far.

I'm not burying my head in the sand here. I'm aware that there are 13-year-olds who are smoking pot (or worse). But they're still -- fortunately -- in the minority in this country. And the best way to deal with them is good parenting, not the creation of a police state.

Kids need to feel trusted. They need to be encouraged to take risks, to step outside of their comfort zone, to engage in extracurricular activities (which, I might add, are great for their college applications) without feeling like they're getting a big fat target on their backs for it.

And lest you say, "Well, if they're not doing anything wrong, why would they worry?" I'd advise you to recall your early teen years. They were tough, weren't they? Your relationship with authority was tenuous?

I can't help but recall a time when I was around 12 or 13 and taken to the local hospital for some X-rays. The tech was just doing his job when he asked if I could be pregnant. But here I was, an innocent 13-year-old girl who quite obviously had never had sex before. I was traumatized. I felt dirty, as if he saw something in me that marked me as "that type of girl."

It's not rational, but it falls in line with how kids think. Tell them they're mandated to take a drug test, and you've just told a kid you see them as guilty of doing drugs.

Sadly, that distrust works both ways. Tell a kid you don't trust them, especially when they've given you no reason to do so, and you've given them reason to distrust you. Now you have a real problem on your hands; you've got a teen who doesn't trust you and all the issues of the teen years ahead. 

So let me ask again: would you let your 13-year-old be drug tested just so she can participate in after-school volleyball?

What do you think of this drug testing plan? Would you allow your child to be tested?


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mybab... mybabiesmama916

Yea i would they will have to drug test for jobs it's part of life get used to it.

nonmember avatar Rory Gilmore

By mandating drug tests, you're not telling kids that you don't trust them. You're telling them that extracurricular activities are a privilege to be earned, and the way to earn participation is by passing a drug test. It's also good prep for the real world. Every job I've had, from working as a cashier at WalMart as a teenager to entry level jobs to management, have all required a drug test before being hired. I don't see what the big deal is.

Tracys2 Tracys2

I don't believe in ANY drug testing without cause, except in cases of true public endangerment (pilots, bus drivers, nuclear plant operators, apparently impaired car-drivers, not much else- certainly not for non-dangerous jobs), and possibly sport at high levels (I don't really care about sports, but I can see their point). So obviously, I'd be against it.

My kids would be old enough to make their own choices in that case-it's not a preschool or even elementary. I would definitely not have submitted to being tested, because at that age, I wouldn't give in on my principles

nonmember avatar KJ

When I was in high school everyone who did extracurricular activities was in a "random drug testing pool." It was BS, I was in book club and was "randomly" tested at least 5 times over the course of 4 years. The sports teams... not so much. Drug tests for all seems like a much better way to go about things. You want to participate in after school activities? No drugs. And we'll enforce it!

Mrs.D... Mrs.Duncan85

I don't see the issue with "EVERY KID" and "EVERY ACTIVITY" should it just be the football players and not the chess club? Or just the boys and not the girls? You would be pissed if it WASN'T every kid, every activity

mrspease mrspease

This was mandatory when I was in middle school back in 2000. High school too. It was just understood. If you had a problem with it, well that's why they're EXTRACURRICULAR activities. You choose to participate. Why exactly is this a big deal?

Jamie Wicker

I don't find this shocking. I went to  high school in an extremely rural and backwards type area, and they started the drug testing about 9 years ago when I was there. Any activity, whatsoever. Also, if you parked on campus you had to take a test. I think it's a little militant, but whatever.

Serab... Serabelle

Doesn't bug me... They're extra activities that no one is entitled to, and guess what, lots of times in your life you will have to take a drug test! Get used to it! I could see a problem if kids had to test clean to go to school, but even then, I wouldn't care. It's only a problem for people who use!

Vegeta Vegeta

You gotta pee in a cup for every job and hospital visit. It's not that they don't trust YOU specifically. And with the pregnancy thing, they have to ask every female every time. They want you to be healthy, not judge you.

Sirena Robinson

I was in high school in 2002 when the drug testing policy started, and I was in the marching band and one the quiz bowl team. I got tested maybe twice in all four years. It was no big deal at all. Extracurriculars are a privilege and if you test one, you have to test all.

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