It appears the Diamond R-4 Board of Education will enter into a drug testing contract with some company during a special meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school hospitality room.
All of the school districts in the area seem to be moving toward this, including the one in which I teach, and it is a mistake. I am already hearing of kids who will not participate in extracurricular activities, either due to fear of taking the drug tests or out of principle. For many of these kids, being involved in an extracurricular activity might have just been the ticket to keep them from staying with the wrong crowd and participating in drug taking and other illegal activity. It might also eventually lead to some of these kids dropping out who would have been saved.
It is a cheap fix and in the long run one that will do more damage than it prevents.