In regard to mandatory drug testing that is imposed by a local school district for students that do extracurricular activities, at school, it is indeed a violation of those students rights. Many have stated, if they aren't doing anything, then they should just submit to the testing. That alarms me.
This isn't about hiding their drug activity or not. This is about forced testing, that is required of not all, but only those who elect to do afterschool activities.
The Patriot Act of this country, under the Bush administration, began this trampling of freedom; using the threat of terrorism as their excuse for having more government control over this nation. The GOP likes to blame Obama and Democrats for wanting larger government, and more social programs. In fact these controls, were enacted by Bush, with his Patriot Act creation.
Now, because of those eroding freedoms, we are beginning to see where school districts are forcing their will on students. The local hospital is forcing their will on their employees, by not hiring those that smoke.
We have organizations, churches, insurance companies, even employers, who are starting to state they won't allow benefits and programs they provide, to allow a woman freedom of choice, over their own bodies.
All of those same things that are being debated in today's society, simply take root, when we simply sit back and allow something like a student's basic right to engage in extra curricular activities to be tied to forced drug testing. That simple, no harm testing, that many don't see as a big deal; is monumental in the loss of every freedom; that we lose, one small freedom at a time. It's time to stop this mind set that it's a small price to pay for doing something, because someday those small bits of eroded freedoms will cost us all our entire freedom overall.
William L McGill
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