Let me begin by explaining what happened at a high school in suburbia. What surprised me the most was the student who was falsely accused of this behavior? Students were given a packet to complete in class. While working on this assignment, some of the young men began to joke about drugs. While eating pretzels, they pretended they were smoking a joint and got the attention of their teacher. Rather than reprimanding, or separating them, she allowed the joking to continue. At the end of the period, she told the young men, she made a mental note of what took place and she would proceed to write them up.
The next day, Parents were called by the Vice Principal. After listening to what took place in the classroom, a recommendation was made that four of the boys will have to go for a drug test. Failure to comply to this test, will lead to removal from school until the drug test is completed. Are our children under attack by these failed policies put in place without using prudence? This was outrageous and according to the vice principal, these students have no rights. Parents right are also dismissed because the school is only willing to listen to the counsel of the teachers. They will continue to believe the adult in the classroom even if her assessment of what took place was incorrect.
One of the boys who was caught up in this sting was a young man who merely laughed at the jokes. He is not a troublemaker, never drank, smoke or believe in taking drugs. Two weeks prior, he applied for a job at Loewe’s and was given a drug test. The test was negative, but the school refused to accept this to clear him from another test. His crime was simply a lack of maturity in a classroom setting. This young man is my son. The other boys was willing to inform the vice principal that this young man was not part of the conversation, but they were not interested in hearing the truth. Regardless, they claimed they had an investigation, and the young men admitted to talking about drugs. Does this mean to an adult, our so-called school officials, they are doing drugs? Where is common sense in all of this nonsense?
Have the schools with their assessment of what took place gone too far? In my opinion, absolutely. Did any of the young men show any symptoms or signs of taking drugs? Was there reasonable suspicion according to the school policy? What is reasonable suspicion when it comes to our children? Talking about drugs means they’re doing drugs. Are the teachers and administrators making false assumptions about our children? Unfortunately it is left to our school administrators as to what is reasonable suspicion.
When I evaluated this case, I believe the school system acted inappropriately. The only thing these kids were guilty of is immature behavior. I consider this to be discriminatory behavior and unjust regarding student and parents rights. The tests were administered and all the results were negative. All the parents whose child was implicated should be enraged at what occurred because of a teacher and administrators inference.
There are several steps that could have taken place before a drug test was recommended by the adults. The teacher could have separated them, or come up with an alternative plan to change the dynamics in the classroom before opting to send them for drug testing. The Principal and Vice Principal should put other protocols in place before jumping to the wrong conclusions. In my opinion common sense still rules and sound judgement.
Parents should be given more time to assess the charges against their child without any consequences. Our children are under attack and maybe its time for us to get up and fight about what’s taking place rather than to allow these Administrators to send our kids for unnecessary testing and suffer under these draconian policies. I understand there are laws in place like the zero tolerance policies. However, each school has to make that determination of what is fair for each individual case. Stop making excuses for your failed ability to make the proper recommendations. After speaking with several school officials, rather than an apology, the school system continued their assessment was correct as it pertains to school policy. Needless to say that the boys involved were very upset about what took place at there school.
What are you thoughts pertaining to this case? Would you allow this to happen to your child without intervention?