Woodward Academy will begin random drug testing on its high-school students next year.
“Drug use by students is prevalent everywhere,” said Dr. Stuart Gulley, president at Woodward Academy. “It’s not just a Woodward problem; it’s an everywhere problem.”
“More and more, “everywhere” includes private schools. The newest study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance says 60% of teens believe their high school is quote “drug-infected”. That number is actually relatively consistent with prior years. But in private schools, the number has jumped from 36% to 54%….”
“Woodward’s plan looks like this: every few weeks, a random selection of upper school students — 9th through 12th graders — will be tested by an outside firm for both illegal drugs and legal (for abuse only) drugs. Test positive once, and you get extra hours of community service among other punishments. Test positive twice, and you will be dismissed from the school.”
We talked just a few weeks ago about the prevalence of drugs in schools. This is one school’s solution but do you think it will help? Is it fair to the students that aren’t taking drugs?
Will drug testing help prevent drug use? Should there have to be a suspicion of drug use? Would you let your child be randomly tested for drugs? How would you feel if your office randomly tested while you work? (A lot of employers test to hire but what about later?)