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Private High School Starting Random Drug Testing of Students

Home - by - January 31, 2013 - 03:37 America/New_York - 16 Comments

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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.

The ACLU, though, believe school drug testing is a waste of time and money.

“Nothing prohibits it,” Doug Bonney, legal director for the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, told the Star. “But it is a colossal waste of money.”

Private schools are allowed to test all students while public schools are restricted by the Fourth Amendment.

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  1. Snowball the Sourpuss

    January 31st, 2013

    Ohhh, the poor poor ACLU. Can’t stick their foaming muzzles up the private schools arse. What a shame. They can only sit back and glumly state what a waste of money it all will be testing kids for drugs. Pffft. Like those shitheels ever knew thing one about how not to waste money.

    Anyway, aside from all that, Rockhurst High sounds like my moms school. Except for the drug testing part. I sense this troubles you, Fur. Do tell.

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  2. BigFurHat

    January 31st, 2013

    Troubles me?
    I posted it for the exact reason you pointed out. If you go to the original article I deleted a bunch of stuff to get to the money shot – The ACLU’s Butthurt.
    I am a proponent of private institutions doing what they want with their company (but it doesn’t mean they would be immune from legal protest), and a big fan of frustrating the ACLU, an organization that is not for civil liberties, but for pursuing a specific political agenda.

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  3. Snowball the Sourpuss

    January 31st, 2013

    That was just the yoda in me being a dumb fuck. Sorry. Heheh.

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  4. Unruly Refugee

    January 31st, 2013

    The fckn bastards would never get any of my kids to piss in a cup. They have no right. If a kid is caught with dope, throw him or her out; leave the rest alone you perverts.

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  5. Unruly Refugee

    January 31st, 2013

    Oh, i almost forgot, Fu(k the ACLU!

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  6. BigFurHat

    January 31st, 2013

    They do have the right.
    It’s a private school. You’re free to take your business elsewhere if you won’t submit your kid’s hair for drug testing.

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  7. Unruly Refugee

    January 31st, 2013

    Oh, I missed that it was a private school. That is different. And hair is not as bad as having some guy watch your kid pee in a cup.

    I need new glasses. ctrl + for now.

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  8. BILL

    January 31st, 2013

    f*ck the aclu

    better test the teachers first!

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  9. BigFurHat

    January 31st, 2013

    Unruly,
    You should see the things I read wrong because my eyes are so bad. Sometimes it makes a better story.

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  10. Chinquapin

    January 31st, 2013

    “Colossal waste of money?” The ACLU is a colossal waste of oxygen.

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  11. Maryd

    January 31st, 2013

    My son graduated from Rockhurst High School two years ago. It’s a Jesuit school who’s motto is “Men for Others” and it turns out quality young men. It is a wonderful school and community. They are doing this or all the right reasons…for the well being of their students. You can be assured that they have the support of parents. Go Hawklets!!

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  12. Claudia

    January 31st, 2013

    60 strands of hair? How do they take it? Yank it out or cut it?

    Just wondering.

    And I’d send my kid (if I had one) to that school. Good for them.

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  13. Pete

    January 31st, 2013

    My grandson graduated from Rockhurst in 2005. It’s a superlative school.

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  14. hi_desertgirl

    January 31st, 2013

    My daughter goes to a private Catholic school. They tell you up front they do random drug testing. That’s one of the reasons she’s there. Haven’t had any problems at the school so far. But then again, we’ve got four more years to go through (one starts next year).

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  15. Unruly Refugee

    January 31st, 2013

    @BFH, thanks, I was worried that some of my off-the-mark comments might offend you.

    I had to pop the left lens out of my computer glasses until I can get a new pair. I’m thinking about buying two different strength pairs of reading glasses at walmart that have identical frames so I can put the two together to make one pair of computer glasses and not have to pay for an eye exam and expensive glasses. This would cost, what, $36?

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  16. Unruly Refugee

    January 31st, 2013

    @Claudia, I was wondering about the 60 strands too. Seems like a lot. What if the kids shave their heads?

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