STLToday has a story today about CBC High School’s mandatory drug-testing program, now at the five-year mark. Officials of the self-identified Catholic school are quoted with glee about the “success” of the program, noting that there is “no refusal allowed by students or parents, and no one has ever refused”. Sounds like the perfect formation for the “real world”, where grads can line up and be sexually assaulted at the airport, or be tracked on their smart phones, or any other indignities authorities of the burgeoning police state say they must endure.
The full story is worth a cautionary read, but I wanted to cull a few quotes I found particularly appalling and post them here, with commentary:
It bears mentioning that the school is seeking knowledge of past activities of the student and are forcibly extracting testimony from their very body tissue. Later, the article notes that the hair test will note drug usage for about 90 days. So, CBC is potentially seeking to know what a student has done in their private lives even months before enrolling in the school.
The president thinks that brainwashing children into taking pride in submitting to invasive drug tests is one of the most positive things that has ever happened to his school. Where do I sign up!
In case you were wondering what would possess a parent to allow their children to be treated like criminals…
When the authorities give you a commendation for submission, you know that your hard work as a parent is all paying off.
I think it is a little ironic that the president of the Parent Club is so anxious to pass off the job of being a parent to the school– or should I say, to the contractor hired by the school to cut his childrens’ hair in order to obtain evidence of criminal activity. Threat of expulsion and prosecution is one way to discourage drug use. So is parental oversight and formation in the Catholic faith. I wonder what contractor has that job at CBC.
“The testing was not started to be punitive or because we thought we had a problem,” _________ said.
Read those last two paragraphs again. There you have statistical and testimonial proof that discouragement of drug use has nothing to do with this program, nor has drug usage significantly decreased (even if one attributes a cause-and-effect to the minuscule percentage decrease in positive test results).
Ohhhhh, OK, as long as it’s because they CARE about THEIR kids…
__________ said hair testing, which has always been the methodology used, is harder to mask than a urine test.
Sure, noninvasive. Just taking your hair. Not like submitting to electronic-image strip searches or groping of private parts. It just conditions acceptance of such practices. That makes it OK.
I don’t see how CBC’s forced drug testing program is forming capable Catholic citizens of a free society. But maybe it’s too late to worry about it anymore.
Tuition at CBC for the 2011-12 academic year is $11,980.
That’ll buy a lot of drug tests.
But no human dignity.