The Groveport Madison School District in Ohio recently announced that it was going to randomly drug test middle school students, but not teachers.
Any 7th and 8th graders who want to participate in extracurricular activities will have to allow the school district to drug test them as law enforcement would, except there's no probable cause or search warrant, just a consent form signed by parents (video below).
"[The school district] needed my permission to start randomly drug testing," mom Tracy Collins told 10 TV. "I looked at my son and I told him, ‘I'm not signing this.'"
10 TV seemed surprised that Collins wouldn't allow a school to test her son's bodily fluids and asked why she refused.
“Because at 13 years old, why are they drug testing 13 year olds?" replied Collins.
The Groveport Madison School District said in a statement that the drug testing was being done to “provide for the safety of all students and to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use alcohol and illicit substances.”
However, the same concerned school district won't drug test its own teachers in the name of student "safety."
"The principal said that she's trying to hold the kids to a higher standard. How can you hold your kids to a higher standard that you're not holding your employees to?” Collins stated.
"To work just about anywhere, you have to pass a pre-employment drug screening. How it passes over a teacher, I don't know," added mom Sonja Brown.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Olentangy School District in Ohio dropped its drug tests, which were costing $180,000 per year, in 2011.
"I don't personally believe it was the mechanism to make kids stop using," Mark Raiff, executive director for secondary learning, told The Columbus Dispatch. "I have three teenagers myself, and a middle-schooler. The fact that they were being randomly tested was not preventing them from using drugs. Their father was."
"You don't get much bang for your buck," added Jim McElligott, director of student support. "It's $38 a pop [for each test], and if you have 75 percent of kids participating in after-school activities, it's a lot of money. We don't feel it's a good value, and it's also controversial. It's intrusive."