The public schools in Putnam County - the betwixt Charleston and Huntington 'burbs where The Ranch is located - are considering a new voluntary plan to drug test students. The plan is to offer kids "incentives such as movie discounts, store coupons and restaurant gift certificates" to piss in a cup and have it tested - sent off to a Federal credentialed lab, no less. Just like our clients on probation and supervised release have to!
It's labeled as "voluntary," but you can be sure that kids who dare to resist - maybe they've heard of the Fourth Amendment from some scuzzy guy with a copy of the Constitution in his pocket - will draw suspicion. Which will probably result in mandatory tests for them. Hell - let's have drug tests for everybody K-12!
At least we know that these programs have produced results when they've been rolled out in the rest of the country, right?
Three studies have been done on the effectiveness of student drug testing, and they showed mixed results, Madras said.Translation - the facts don't back up my position, but I hope someday they will. Sort of like with the abstinence only "education" crowd, and all know how well that turned out.
'The [scientific] literature is not as mature as I would like it to be,' she said.