Drug Testing in Schools

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Many schools have implemented drug testing for students playing sports or joining extracurricular activities. This new program has caused overwhelming controversy among schools, teachers, parents, students, and other officials across the country. The biggest reason for these new found programs may be contributed to recent polls, which have shown an increase in drug use among students. Now many parents, teachers, students, and other officials are for drug testing. However, many are not.
One argument against drug testing is that it invades the students privacy. The fourth amendment states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." This was put into place to protect U.S citizens against practices such as random drug testing. Without cause there is no reason to do a random drug test.
On the other hand what about a student’s right to an education in a safe and drug free environment? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse “ marijuana use has increased in 2011 to 7.2% of 8th graders, 17.6% of 10th graders, and 22.6% of 12th graders this is up from 5.7%, 14.2% and 18.8% in 2007.” And according to the U.S. Department of Human Health Services the “Illicit drug use rate among children ages 12-17 has increased from9.3% to 10% from 2008 to 2009.” So must I ask do our children not have the right to attend school without being pressured into some king of drug use?
Another argument may be that drug testing does not stop students from using drugs but they simply just do not go out for sports or other curricular activities. Looking at how drug testing effects student. This may…...

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