Against Drug Testing in High Schools

Essay by rockinlildevilJunior High, 9th grade January 2007

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To start off, I disagree. I think drug testing in high schools should not be an option. As in the past, drug testing has taken over millions of dollars statewide just in high schools. Drug testing should not be allowed in schools because for one, students should not be tested if they do not appear to be using drugs. Also, it is proved that drug testing is not an effective way to help prevent drug abuse, and lastly, being tested is a way of making a student feel untrustworthy and not participate in extracurricular activities.

First of all, students should not be tested if they do not appear to be using drugs or under the influence. This action would be what people call "testing without a cause," which I think violates the student's constitutional rights as an American citizen. The 4th Amendment states your right to privacy, right to due process, illegal search and seizure, and your right to remain silent.

That is why the tests are unconstitutional - They're administered without any suspicion of wrongdoing. School administrators need a reasonable belief, individualized suspicion, before testing any students. I surveyed 30 student athletes, all between the ages of 13 and 17, asking them if they thought drug testing in high schools should be allowed, 21 out of the 30 said it should not be allowed. When I asked why, most of their responses were because if the student doesn't appear to be using drugs than why waste the time, money, and effort to test them when there is no point and also because of the inaccuracy of the testing; which brings me to my next point.

Drug-testing is very inaccurate. Foods and many other legal drugs may throw off drug test results. Ginseng tea and ibuprofen can show up as...