Drug Testing in Schools

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Should schools be allowed to drug test students? No it should not. Imagine yourself having to take a mandatory drug test just because the school suspects you might have done drugs. It would be a huge violation of your privacy. Random drug tests should not be allowed in schools because they are a violation of our privacy, it is against the fourth amendment, they do not deter use, and the drug tests are not always accurate. What if you didn’t ever do a drug and you received a positive on your drug test? You would be taken out of any extracurricular activities that you were in because they have a no drug policy. Drug test are not 100% positive which means there are always going to be something that goes wrong. Some say that drug testing is accurate enough to be used in schools, even though some may receive false positives; the benefits still outweigh the costs. Tests can be fooled by look-alike chemicals found in food and over-the-counter medications. The fastest-growing type of drug tests -- cheap, onsite testing tools that costs as little as $3 each -- are the least accurate. https://www.drugfree.org/uncategorized/validity-of-drug-tests The main argument is that drug testing randomly is a clear violation of the fourth amendment. The fourth amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” How does randomly drug testing student support this amendment? It absolutely does not. Drug testing students does not fully deter use. In some cases it might actually cause more drug use because of the rebellious nature of teens. Some say that the drug tests will deter use
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