Wednesday, December 13, 2006

White House endorses testing all students?

The Drug Czar's "blog" is touting the fact that a private Catholic school in Arizona is subjecting all its students to random drug testing (not just those who participate in extracurriculars).

Up until now, Congress has been very clear that federal money for student drug testing is only to be used for testing students that have elected to join afterschool activities.

Is this a signal that the White House is going to ask Congress to expand the scope of the federal drug testing grants to include all students (something the Supreme Court has not okayed)?


Pete Guither said...

I would really love to see the stats and see if anyone besides us actually reads it.

Jonathan Perri said...

So the Principal of this school, Mike Urbanski, and John Walters are claiming that this is not about punishing students. They just want to identify them and humiliate them into getting help.

Apparently they've even brainwashed a few students into thinking this is all about helping people (probably not hard to do at a catholic school).

What these students don't understand, and what John Walters and the school's princpal won't admit to is that many, if not most of these students probably do not need help just because they tested positive for drugs, especailly marijuana.

Again, blurring the difference between use and abuse is one of the Drug War profiteers greatest weapons.

Back to this non-punishment talk. If the students test positive they have to meet with Urbanski and their parents. Sounds like punishment to me, especailly if your parent happens to become irrate and violent over the fact that their child has tested positive for drugs.

And if students test positive a second time? The PUNISHMENT includes suspension or expulsion.

First they take away extra-curricular activities and now we see them trying to take away education entirely. So what happens to the straight A students that test positive? This is sad.

800 pound gorilla said...

Do they suspend people who refuse testing on moral grounds [I advocate this in my drug ed curriculum - as the War on Drugs is clearly abusive and immoral]? Of course what goes unstated is the fact that there have never been identifiable standards for any restriction - including prescription drugs btw - and that no studies have ever been conducted prior to criminalization. In fact there were more people abusing meth in the 60s and 70s than today - but of course they came from upper middle income families so no drug war there.

thehim said...

Pete, the last time I was able to see the stats, there wasn't a single incoming link to Pushing Back. Pathetic.

kaptinemo said...

I sincerely hope that this did not come as a surprise to anybody; the progression of authoritarianism is pretty clear cut. Rights are chipped away, nibbled away, etched away, bit by bit, until you are left with nothing.

It begins with treating students as if they were criminals (security guards, metal detectors, lockdowns, dog searches, etc.) under the rubric of protecting them, then ratcheting up the authoritarian scale by drug-testing the least likely to engage in illicit drug usage (the extracurricular activity students) to see if anyone raised a stink against it. With mainly silence on this matter, the 'authorities' were encouraged to make another quarter turn of the screw, and listen for further indicators of dissent. If someone can't see where this is leading, they need the services of an optometrist.

"When an opponent declares,
'I will not come over to your side.'
I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however,
now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing
else but this new community.'"
- Adolph Hitler

A new...'drug free'...'community', hmmmm? Isn't that what all this social engineering by DrugWarriors was meant to produce? An entire generation of properly propagandized servitors, like the lower classes in Huxley's Brave New World? Automatons automtically programmed to comply with their dictates in such a way that it wouldn't require the iron fist of The State to show itself and ruin the illusion of harmony?

But that hasn't happened, has it? The mechanical view of humanity that the DrugWarrior social engineers were dreaming of has run smack into the reality behind this Webpage: the intended targets of their efforts proved they were anything but robots. They're flesh and blood and possessed of a mind of their own. And some of them, to the horror of their would-be programmers, said "Yes" to the very behavior they were supposed to reject...and haven't suffered the promised wrath o' God that they were told to expect. And their peers saw and began to emulate them.

So, now, off comes the velvet glove and we see the iron: testing for all, regardless of lack of reason for it. Talk about control freaks...