AUTHOR: Sean Savage | POSTED: May 30, 2012 | COMMENTS: 5 Comments
CATEGORIES: Daddy on The Fly,
My sons’ high school just announced that they will be implementing mandatory random drug testing for the student body and faculty members for the upcoming school year. The test will be by hair sample and will detect drug use over a multiple month period.
There is no fence sitting when a policy like this lands on your plate. Either you are for it or against it.
I am for it and you may be surprised to learn why.
I believe drug testing is the ultimate “out” for our teenagers. I’m positive my children will, some day during their high school years, be in a social situation where drugs are introduced. Based on this prediction, I would like to arm my children with as many reasons to say “no” as possible. With drug testing, a new arrow has been added to their quiver of reasons to decline. “I can’t do it. My school tests and I can be picked at any time” is the ultimate out and is nearly unobjectionable. The way I see it, drug testing is just another life raft to throw our children who are navigating the stormy seas of teenage living.
There is no upside to drug use and it is better to catch it early. Most parents I speak with prefer to lie to themselves about what their children are exposed to. A positive test will cause these parents to face reality. A positive test, according to this policy, is not fatal. Intead it’s an opportunity to intervene before a bad habit becomes a dangerous addiction.
This drug testing will equip parents with valuable knowledge. Instead of lying awake in the middle of the night wondering, I’ll have a solid answer about what my sons are doing while away from me. I do trust my kids, but I’m happy to receive verification of their choices via these tests.
I hope the bold move by my sons’ school will encourage other schools, public and private, to implement a similar policy. Why not arm all of our kids with this weapon of resistance? When not force all parents to face the reality of their child’s drug use for the betterment of their children’s futures?
So, I say…bring it on. Please drug test my kids. Regardless of the results, I’ll do my job as a parent and deal with the consequences in a manner that will best benefit my children.
To read more about the drug testing policy in place at St. John Jesuit high school click here!