School In Lincoln Enforces Drug Testing Policy

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LINCOLN (KFSM) - A policy at a school in Lincoln requires all students who want to participate in activities outside of the classroom to be subject to drug testing.

Administrators at Lincoln High School have implemented a rule that all students who want to participate in activities out of the classroom are subject to a drug test.

The school defines “extracurricular activities” as events that take place outside of the classroom.

Those activities include sports, theater, band, and even field trips.

“That represents our school, our families, our community,” said Deon Birkes, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Lincoln High.

Birkes wrote the policy, saying he joined efforts with others in the district on researching the idea prior to implementing.

He says the policy requires parents to give consent to the school for the students to be screened randomly.

“They have the option not to [sign the consent form],” Birkes said.

Some parents say they like the policy.

“I think it is one of the greatest ideas they`ve installed in Lincoln itself,” said James Miller, a Lincoln parent. “If they can stop the drugs, or even part of the drugs, out of this school, it will be well worth it.”

One parent who declined to go on camera questions the legality of the testing, saying it violates a student`s privacy.

She told 5NEWS the policy “bullies parents, and students, into drug testing.”

Students are selected randomly by a drug-testing company, which tests for a wide range of drugs.

The company even tests to see if students are abusing prescription drugs.

Administrators say the school's lawyers have confirmed that this policy is legal.

The school says of 300 students tested in the past year, only one has come up positive.

Students who test positive are suspended from extracurricular activities for one month.

They are also required to receive counseling on drug usage. They are also screened for drug usage once a month following their test.

“It is worth every bit of the money we spend on it, if it keeps one kid off drugs,” Birkes said.

13 comments

  • Amazed

    This testing has been in place at several schools in Crawford County for years….the problem I witnessed was many students who were doing drugs were always excluded from the tests because it would “hurt” the teams performance if they happened to be on an athletic team

  • Sarah 300

    This is ridiculous. Simply ridiculous. Even Florida gave up drug testing food stamp recipients because they had spent eight million dollars and fourteen people were on drugs. But the drug users STILL had children. These children still needed food.

    The text itself says “The school says of 300 students tested in the past year, only one has come up positive”. That could be ADHD medication. 

    These are our children. We must respect them and their privacy. This is insane.

    • matt

      These are our children. We must respect them and their privacy. This is insane.

      Children have no right to privacy.

      But the drug users STILL had children. These children still needed food.

      Maybe we should sterilize them after one kid so they don’t have any incentive.

      Your world must be filled with rainbows, and unicorn farts. Here in the real world you have to pass a drug screen for any job other than fast food or retail, and be subject to random ones.

  • Kevin

    There has been discussion about how drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees Americans the right to “be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches”.

    Civil liberties organizations see it as a blatant offense.

    You who invoke the SECOND amendment should pay attention to the rest of the amendments!

      • arkiebrian

        I’m a parent and I don’t support this. It is my business to keep my children off drugs not the school’s. Government is intrusive enough.

      • Sarah 300

        I agree Arkie.
        Parents who stand by and allow their children to be drug tested, will be the first ones screaming FOUL when the drug tester makes a mistake, abuses the child in some way, makes sexual flirtations with the child, and even forgets and uses the same needle. Imagine the ramifications?

        These aren’t cattle, they are OUR children and we should protect them in every arena. School is for educating, period.

  • Sarah 300

    The photo is wrong since only ONE student was found to be in drugs.
    There is an implication of wrong doing. Remember when people were INNOCENT until proven guilty in a court of law.
    Maybe a classroom photo would have been more appropriate.

  • LHU

    The ACLU has already had similar policies overturned in other states. Denying children the right to go on FIELD TRIPS unless their parents sign a blanket form forfeiting all right to privacy? It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I for one will not give anyone the right to test my child.

  • Sean

    If you need a test to tell if they’re high they must be functioning on a normal level even if high, so what’s the point?

    Living in rural arkansas, you light up a joint, and then are banned to living in rural arkansas, lighting up joints. Wouldn’t keeping these kids IN school activities decrease drug use? Gives them something to do.

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