Drug Testing Table

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What is your opinion on random, mandatory drug testing of students? Do you think such a program violates students’ rights? Do you think this program should be introduced at Walker?
It is legit. It is
helpful for the
community
Yes and no. Yes
because it violates
space and privacy.
No, because there
is trust in the
community and
there is an honor
code and by
introducing such
programs could
effect the
reputation of the
community.
I think it is
acceptable
because i have
nothing to hide. i
like it because it
keeps our school
in good shape and
morally straight
No. When you
bring substances
onto campus, you
have violated the
law. By stepping
onto campus you
are signing your
name to the
Walker rules and
how ever Walker
wants to function.
YES! I do not want
drugs on campus.
nuff said.
I don’t care. I don’t
do drugs so there’s
no need to worry
no, if students are
doing illegal
drungs, then they
should be caught
i think it’d be
intertaining (if thats
the word) but i
wouldnt mind
either way
I don’t really care
one way or
another because I
know that it will not
effect me or any of
my friends.
No, I think that if
you are on school
grounds the
administraters
have every right to
keep their school
safe by making
sure everyone is
drug free.
Don’t care, but the
drug dogs were
thrown out
because of budget
cuts, so wouldn’t
this be just as
expensive?
Wow, might as
well just throw
about the honor
code. I don’t do
drugs, so it isnt
about that. But do
not expect me to
respect the honor
code if the
administration
wont.
Yes, first of all,
Walker’s tuition is
getting larger
every year, and
were not seeing
any results. If they
put this into their
school, parents will
be pulling out like
crazy.
No, its about as
invasive as Walker
could be.
Shouldn’t be
allowed.
Yes! You need a
cause to drug test
people not just
cause other
schools like
Woodward are
doing it
No we already
have the drug
dogs I see no
reason for a drug
test and without
parental consent it
shouldn’t be done.
If drugs are done
outside of school
then a student who
is drug tested at
school shouldn’t be
penalized by the
school because its
not school related.
I think that random
drug testing would
be a great way to
help rid the school
of certain types of
drugs. However, a
lot of drugs are
undetectable soon
after use, so I’m
not sure how
affective it would
be.
Yes it does No we already
have the drug
dogs I see no
reason for a drug
test and without
parental consent it
shouldn’t be done.
If drugs are done
outside of school
then a student who
is drug tested at
school shouldn’t be
penalized by the
school because its
not school related.
I think that random
drug testing would
be a great way to
help rid the school
of certain types of
drugs. However, a
lot of drugs are
undetectable soon
after use, so I’m
not sure how
affective it would
be.
Yes it does I do not think so,
because the angry
response to it
would not be worth
the slight benefit.
Drug dogs are
more effective.
it is absolutely
rediculous
yes, the school
has no right drug
testing the
students. it is there
decision what they
want to do outside
of school
no, it is an invasion
of a students
privacy
If there is a drug problem and the teachers, or staff are finding many students doing drugs it may be reasonable. There should be a brief meeting if this happens to tell students how and when they will be conducted. Not if the students are informed when and how they are conducted, not just randomly testing us. This school has some control of our actions, but not all of them. I also believe that there would be some biases if this did occur, and someone got caught, which is the main reason I do not support it. With the drug dogs i believe the line should be drawn, it is getting to the point of questioning the people of the body, and is ridiculous.
its great people should not do drugs yes because the school does not have that right thats hard to answer
I think it would be completely necessary. It’s illegal and only a fraction of us are old enough to smoke cigarrettes. Let’s set a good example for the younger grades and not do stupid illegal things. No, because it’s to weed out those of us who are doing illegal things like smoking, drinking, and doing whatever kinds of drugs are available to kids these days. Hardly any of us are even 18, so none of us can evensmokeatthis time in our lives. What kids are doing is illegal and it needs to be stopped. Sometimes people don’t realize what they’re doing is stupid until they get caught and rightly punished. I think it would be wonderful. If it’s illegal, get rid of the ones doing it and send them to jail.
It would definitely keep students from bringing drugs to school or using them beforehand. I believe that most students feel that they are not trusted and that the honor code would become a waste of time. Signing the honor code has quite a significant value and students would be disturbed knowing that even though they pledged they would not violate school rules, that administration and faculty will still not trust them. Students have the right to be trusted by following the rules of the honor code, the drug dogs put some students over the edge, I believe installing this program would be too much. I say no, only because students will feel like they are under constant surveillance and faculty are just waiting for them to make a mistake. The honor code will not feel as important if there is not that sense of trust in our school community.
While the threat of mandatory drug testing may scare some students into refusing to do drugs, I cannot agree with it. Brings drugs onto campus is one thing, but doing drugs outside of campus is another story. It is not something the school should be involved in unless offenses involving drugs occur directly on campus. I do feel that implementing a program such as this would be a violation of student’s rights. Drugs use, and sometimes the abuse of drugs, is a very personal matter, and should be dealt with by the individual and his/her family members. I do not think the school should become involved unless the individual brings drugs onto campus, is seen doing drugs on camps, or is caught distributing the drugs to other students on campus. Even in the aftermath of these scenarios, once the school delivers its punishment to the individual, I think any remaining problems should be dealt with by family members of the individual. I do not think such a program should be implemented on campus. The threat of drug tests may scare or deter students from doing drugs, but I feel that the fear of drug tests will be short lived. Students don’t seem to take those threats seriously, and can easily abuse drug programs implemented by the school. We don’t see the drug dogs coming onto campus anymore. Why should we implement another system dedicated to preventing drug use if we have already abandoned that one?
I do not support the random drug testing of students as it intrudes on their rights to privacy and personal dignity. Unless the school is a designated correctional facility, it has no business acting as an arm of the law and committing random searches and seizures that present no immediate threat to the school’s safety or the safety of the students. Yes. Students have a right to privacy which the school must respect. See other answers. No. Drug testing should not be enacted en masse at Walker because that’s the responsibility of the parents. Why doesn’t Walker vaccinate it’s students then? Why not administer pregnancy tests? Because students demand and rightfully deserve a degree of privacy which the school must respect. Unless it presents an immediate threat to the safety of the school/student body, drug tests should not be administered at Walker.
I would not be opposed to it because I do nothing wrong, but it would make me sad if we needed to do that. It’s a breach of trust between the teachers and students. I’m not sure what I think about this part. I don’t think that this should be introduced at Walker because the problem only occurs within a handful of people. It would be sad if we all had to participate.
Fine by me, we pay for a safe enviorment and that’s what we should recieve No, we gave up our rights when we decided to attend Walker I wouldn’t mind it, it helps us bond as a
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What is your opinion on random, mandatory drug testing of students?
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That is completely ridiculous. I don’t do drugs, but I think that is a complete invasion of privacy to have mandatory drug testing of high schoolers. I think that what occurs off campus (drugs or otherwise) is none of the school’s business. If drugs are found on campus, then action should be taken. I think this program violates students’ rights. Students come to Walker to learn. Walker has no business what students do outside of Walker. Drug testing on campus is a violation of student rights and an attempt to find out information about students’ off campus life. I do not think this program should be implemented at Walker. Not only would it take time away from class/learning, it would also cause a LOT of unnecessary drama. Remember the first time the drug dogs came to Walker? Remember how much drama/tweets were about the drug dogs? Just imagine the out roar over drug tests.
It should not happen without probable cause At school – yes NO, because as long as kids aren’t doing it on campus or bringing it to school the school has no grounds to controll what students choose to do outside of school.
I believe that random drug tests in high schools should be allowed. No matter what people say, kids will always make bad choices, and I think that people should be able to prevent those bad choices by doing drug tests. It does not violate student rights. If students are making bad choices, I believe that others should have the right to intervene. Yes. I believe that many children who are putting their lives on the line by making bad choices could and should be helped by the Walker staff.