Remember when the entire student body at a Georgia high school was searched prior to entering the building a few months back?
Many parents, myself included, would have been livid if our child had been searched for no good reason. However, how would you feel if there was only the flimsiest of reasons? What if the sheriff had smelled pot in a given classroom and ordered testing for all of the students? Would that make it better?
For me, not really.
The same is true for a number of New Jersey parents.
Randolf, NJ — Parents of high school teenagers were outraged this weekend after dozens of their children were ordered to undergo forced blood and alcohol tests because officials found a beer can under the stadium during a football game. As parents tried to refuse the tests, they were told their children would be suspended for noncompliance.
Naturally, school officials are claiming that the forced blood and urine samples, taken under the threat of suspension, were done in the name of child safety.
According to a letter from Randolph Superintendent Jennifer Fano, the school is charged with enforcing the policy of mass drug tests for suspicion of drug or alcohol use among students.
The law requires that we send students out to be tested when it appears that they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Given the events in question, the students in this area of the stadium were brought in to the school, separated into classrooms, and parents were contacted to pick their child up and have them screened. District policy and regulation states that failure to comply with a screening is deemed a positive test result and will result in a suspension from school.
After the can of beer was found, roughly 75 students were taken from the game and detained in classrooms where their parents were called and told they must comply with the tests. Noncompliance meant that the student would be automatically assumed guilty and face the consequences of a crime that they may or may not have actually committed.
Reportedly, a total of five students were found to have consumed the alcohol.
I have little doubt that lawyers are being called as parents look at legal options for this horrible invasion of their children’s privacy, yet the courts seem to favor schools in these circumstances, and that’s a problem.
Behavior such as this becomes a kind of indoctrination. It conditions students to simply believe they have no rights. When you believe you have no rights, you see no problem taking away the rights of others. It’s not a leap to believe this may have contributed to things like the rise of Antifa and their “punch a Nazi” rhetoric. It’s why so many younger people believe you don’t have a right to say what you wish or to own a firearms.
For young people, school equals society. They don’t know any better for most of their lives. Most of their waking hours are spent there. It’s where they build social circles — though this isn’t necessarily exclusive to schools — and interact with their peers. By making it clear that students have no Fourth Amendment rights, you’re telling them that they have no rights at all, that rights are an illusion. They don’t understand that certain rules don’t apply to them because they’re kids. All they learn is the state uber alles.
Is it any wonder these students go on to college and begin trying to destroy the rights of others? After all, it’s all most of them know.