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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 5:53 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: FRESH INK is a twice-monthly education feature provided by the Valley Morning Star Newspaper In Education program. In this week's FRESH INK, middle and high school students share their comments on whether schools should conduct random drug testing on students.

Yes I think they should do random drug testing on kids because what if they are secretly taking drugs and you can't really suspect it because they just act weird like that. Then yes you should test them. Or what if they are smuggling drugs in the school. Or what if they’re high in class and you need to test them because obviously they have been doing things. So if the dogs can't smell it for whatever reason they can just test you. But sometimes it would be annoying if you’re just doing something and then they just pick you up to test you. It would be obnoxious. That's the only bad thing about that.

Devin Rocha, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

Drugs have become a big problem amongst many people. To stop this wide spread easily used thing that people of all ages use is to begin random drug testing. In school I believe that schools should do random drug testing. This can help kids stop the use of drugs at a young age. It can help them get help as soon as the problem begins. Random drug testing will keep drugs out of our schools which are a place to learn.

Christian Luna, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I think it would be a violation of our right to be randomly drug tested at school. As a current sixth grader, I believe it wouldn’t be an ideal thing to do. In the Student Code of Conduct under Parents Rights, it does not state anywhere or anything about doing any kind of randomized drug testing. I am not suggesting that doing a randomized drug test is not a bad idea, but it will surely cause a fiasco with parents and a slight violation of ethics. Maybe if we actually did some without a bias opinion and not go after a certain group of kids it would work out and we would find out who they are and help them.

Amanda Rodriguez, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I would agree because kids can be secretly doing drugs and parents, teachers, or friends may not know about it. Drugs can harm anyone, but when kids do drugs, the rest of their lives are affected. A kid could be acting different than he was before so he or she could be doing drugs. Even if he or she is not, it is safe to check. These are the reasons why I agree that schools should randomly conduct drug tests.

Jared Castillo, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I would prefer yes to see if people did do drugs, to help them out of it. People should make sure to warn the parents to take them and to help them or to see if it's too late. Mostly to see if they have been doing drugs, and to see how long they have been doing drugs, and not to do it again. Then for you to face the consequences for what you have done, and you will be safe after they help you.

Omar Roque, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I think that it would be a good idea to have a random drug test. Many kids are making a very bad mistake by doing drugs and schools need to know who those people are. They can't continue to do drugs, it can ruin their future. By doing these drug tests they will find the people that are doing drugs, they might find them if the person that is randomly picked is doing drugs. In some ways doing this would be a good idea.

Emma Arndt, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I think schools should conduct random drug testing on students because students in our generation tend to use a lot of illegal substances and those substances can cause health problems. A random drug test would be useful to find those that are using the substances and then help them and encourage them not to use them again. A random drug test could also prevent them from using it in the first place because they could be worried that they could be selected for the drug test and could be caught because they were positive for drug use.

David Coleman, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I would say no because you have to be notified that your going to have the drug testing. Also you have to have permission from an adult, like the child or students parents. Then if you do this random drug testing on the students they might tell their parents and you can have lots of problems with parents complaining and it won't be right. They can't just take a random student or kid out of the classroom just to see if their ok. I don't agree on random drug testing on the students.

Victoria Zuniga, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

I think schools should only conduct random drug testing on students if there have been problems in the past. If kids have been hiding or taking drugs on campus then I think they should definitely run tests. Schools should not run tests without problems, the students will think that teachers and workers do not trust them and will not feel safe at school anymore. On the most part I don't think that schools should conduct random drug testing on students.

Lauren Budimir, Central Middle School, Teacher: Martha Perales

Many students take drugs to school. It causes a lot of problems and endangers the student’s health. These students are encouraging other students to do the same thing too, and it needs to stop. I think they should take drug tests because it will reduce the number of students bringing drugs and taking drugs. Once they are tested and the tests come out positive, they can be sent to rehab to recover. This will help our future. As they are drug tested, they can answer questions about whom is the victim and who is the dangerous person supplying the drugs. Drugs can ruin our health and are not the right choice.

Naydelyn Barbosa, Central Middle School, Teacher: Consuelo Cavazos

Yes, they should do random tests on students because I would not want to be around those kids that do drugs. Also, it would identify and stop the drug dealers. This would put them in jail or at least get them expelled. They should have random drug tests because then those kids will be put away, so I would know which “friends” do drugs and I won’t hang out with these kids anymore. I’d also know which friends don‘t do drugs, so I could stay friends with those kids.

Christian Cantu, Central Middle School, Teacher: Consuelo Cavazos

In my opinion, yes, we should have random drug tests because if you were to have a kid who has drugs, you would want to know about it, and you wouldn’t want him in school. What if someone has drugs and he tries to sell it to you or some classmates? If you don’t know, then there could be someone in your school infecting everyone by having, taking or selling drugs. If you don’t know, how will you be able to identify the drug dealers? If one of my trusted friends did drugs, I would want to know about it.

Brian Pena, Central Middle School, Teacher: Consuelo Cavazos

Yes, I think they should do random drug tests on students. It would be a good idea because they would be “random” drug tests that students wouldn’t know about. If it was to be a random drug test it would be great because students wouldn’t know it was going to happen. If schools were to start doing random drug tests on students they should call students’ parents to get help. Schools would be a lot safer to attend if there were random drug tests being done on students.

Yamileth Rivera, Central Middle School, Teacher: Zeniff Moreno

A lot of kids are starting to do drugs and other illegal things. Many adults think that schools should begin conducting random drug tests. I don’t agree with this. I would be very uncomfortable and many kids would probably joke about the topic. Parents would probably be upset if they were against it. They’d say their child or children were too young to take the test or know about them in the first place. The testing might find some kids, but it doesn’t mean everybody does drugs. I’d hate it. I am against the idea.

Mia Cavazos, Central Middle School, Teacher: Zeniff Moreno

I agree with this drug test at school. It will be safer for all of us. The purpose is because what’s the point of coming to school if you are on drugs? Drugs are not safe for anybody. That’s why the schools have a drug free week, which is a really good idea for students. A lot of people do all kinds of drugs and that’s not good or healthy for their bodies. So yeah, I would agree with a new policy on schools conducting random drug testing on students. Students don’t think they just do really ugly things.

Melissa M. Lopez, Central Middle School, Teacher: Zeniff Moreno

I think it is okay that schools test the students if they suspect students are doing drugs. The reason schools should conduct drug test are because drugs are a disease. People who use drugs can spread it to other people and that is the reason schools should test students.

Ethen Thompson, Central Middle School, Teacher: Zeniff Moreno

If you are certain that your students are meddling with such vile substances, and then feel free to pursue these sorts of tests. By all means, I'm for it; just make sure your students are tested in positive and understanding why.

Jose Castillo, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Schools should conduct random drug testing on students. I, with anybody else, hate seeing people who get in trouble after doing nothing, and kids who do all the wrong things not even noticed. Drug users are everywhere, and I think that they should be exposed. The reason we were taught since elementary to not use drug, is because it's a wrong thing. If more random drug tests were taken, students wouldn't be so tempted, or pressured, to bring drugs to school.

Anita Dave, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Schools should not conduct random drug testing on students. If students are not doing well in school, then only those students should be confronted or drug tested. A school should only be concerned if the students’ academic abilities have dropped. What happens out of school should not be a concern to a school’s administration unless it affects a school’s academic scores or reputation.

Daniel Longoria, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Schools should not conduct random test drugs on students because it invades their privacy. Yes, I understand that drugs are appearing in schools but randomly searching innocent students will cause them to feel violated. Being treated like a criminal would lead to no respect for authority. The best option is to not take drastic measures unless a student is suspected or caught doing drugs.

Jacqueline Aboytes, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

I don't think schools should conduct random drug tests on students. First of all, what if the student made a mistake in the past and knows it and they regret it. Second, we come to school to learn, not for people to learn about our past. By doing this, schools are invading students’ privacy which they wish to keep to themselves but can't due to those drug tests. Schools should not conduct random drug tests.

Angel Ortiz, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Random drug tests at school would be acceptable to a certain degree. If they do not occur too often and do not interrupt valuable class time, then the proposal would be acceptable. Schools are a place of learning that requires 100% of a student's effort. Negative influences that drugs supply could harm a student's experience and performance in school. Random drug tests could potentially cause students not to take the risk of doing drugs, thus helping them in their lives. Random drug tests at schools could help limit drug exposure to the students on campus. They would be acceptable under the terms that they do not occur too often and are not distracting.

Katelynn Renteria, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Unless a reason is provided to do a drug test, my answer is no. Students are in school to learn, to be educated, and prep for college. When an officer and a dog come in to the classroom, in the middle of class, it's very disruptive and students can get easily distracted. However, if a student or students have given an administrator or officer a reason to doubt their honesty and "cleanness", then a search may be done, but only when students are not in their classroom.

Andie Jimenez, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Schools should conduct drug tests because the students could get out of their drug addiction before it’s too late. Then the students can be offered help and can heal whatever they have already damaged.

Mark Herrera, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Random drug testing can take a lot of time, which would be taking away time for learning. Students don't come to school to be surprised by a random drug test. So no, there should not be random drug testing because if a student is not doing drugs time is being wasted for them. However, if a student is suspected of doing drugs, someone should talk to the student before accusing them of doing drugs.

Cynthia Ramirez, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Schools should conduct random drug tests on students for the safety of students, teachers and staff members. If students are using drugs, there is something that can be done to help them and others. Students that are using drugs may be having serious problems at home or with their families, and if they are random drug tests, these problems can be aided or investigate by police. Random drug tests should be conducted for the well-being and safety of a school, and it can potentially save lives in the long run.

Mercedes Vasquez, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Drug testing should not be allowed in schools for two reasons.The first reason it that it is an invasion of privacy. The second is that if the students want to do drugs, let them do drugs; it's their life and if they want to ruin it with drugs, let them.

Lauren Torres, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Some may argue that it is a good idea to test kids for drugs; where some may say it goes against our rights. Although the fourth amendment of our Constitution clearly states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon reasonable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and persons or things to be seized." I believe it would be a good idea to test kids for drugs to keep the circulation of illegal substances out of schools. Yes, it may be against our Constitution, but it would keep the school more free of drugs.

Michael Machner, Early College High School, Teacher: Carla Morton

Schools should not implement random drug testing on students. Not only does it waste money and resources, but nothing good will come of it. Students who are addicted to drugs will continue doing so until they get caught. Testing positive for drugs will be grounds for suspension, and will greatly hurt a student's record. If schools used the standard urine test, many might attempt to collect someone else's, or tamper with the sample. Rehabilitation and awareness is the key to decreasing the amount of drug use among students.

Andrew Aboytes, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

I think schools should conduct drug testing to keep our schools safe and clean. Also, it can either ruin our reputation or cause damages at school. Because not all schools get examined for drugs, the high rate of drug use increased dramatically. A distinguished example happened in one of the schools in Harlingen. A former female senior, named CB, decided to take marijuana in the bathroom, not knowing the consequences that could happen. When smoke began to emit from the restroom, the principal noticed the scent and started walking towards the restroom. Hearing those footsteps, she tried desperately to cover up her wrong doings, nearly causing a fire in the process, but to no avail. The principal caught her in the act and punished her by expelling her from school and putting it in her permanent record, which may put her college career in jeopardy. Another reason involves health problems. For example, Ian, an honor student, gets all A's in every subject. One day, though, his world begins to crumble when he notices that he got a B on one of the tests. Not wanting to get "The B Grade" again, he begins using the drug speed to pass all his tests. In every subject that he has a test, he takes the pill before and after class. To him, everything seems to be going so well. However, his brain cells start to get damaged, causing the ability to think to deteriorate. His grades start slipping; he becomes depressed, and loses the chance of getting a scholarship. To make things worse, his family discovers his secret, causing the family to fall apart. Overall, drug testing must be conducted at school to avoid conflict and harsh consequences of their actions.

Fiangbe Alonge, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

I believe that drug tests in schools can help reduce the number of students who use drugs; therefore these tests are necessary. If there were no drug tests, students would not fear the possibility of getting caught using drugs and receiving disciplinary action. If a student fails the drug test, it speeds up the process of sending the student to rehabilitation. Students feel like a drug tests are a violation of their privacy, but in reality they are aiding to their freedom.

Carlos Amezquita, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

Conducting random drug test should be enforced with students especially the athletes this can help the individuals under the influence so they can catch it in its early stages. These tests should also be conducted out of random and they should not be announced.

Katherine Campos, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

No, conducting random school drug tests should not be permitted to students. For one it goes against our rights if we were forced to take an unwillingly drug test. Instead I think that using a police dog to search for drugs at school at least every month would result much more effectively. With a police dog we can detect anyone carrying drugs and stop them without having to force drug tests on students and intervene with people’s rights.

Armando Gutierrez, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

I think that schools shouldn’t do random drug testing because this would invade the students’ rights. The right that it invades would be the fourth amendment of the constitution which states that it prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. I believe if the schools would decide to test students it would cause a lot of controversy.

Jonathan Hernandez, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

I believe that drug tests on all kids in school are infringement on personal rights which happens to be the fourth amendment to the Constitution. However, students participating in UIL and athletic competitions should partake in random drug tests. One reason why is to insure a level playing field for all student athletes. This would not be infringement on personal rights because the student athletes would have to sign and understand what they will partake in. Athletes and competitors are held to a higher standard than those around them. At the beginning of the year, athletes should agree that they will have to participate in a drug test. If the competitors do not pass, they can not play. Just because someone is captain of the football team, or a regular chess player, they should be held accountable for their actions since they are viewed at a higher standard.

Hunter Reiley, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

Sure, why not, I think random drug testing in schools will turn out beneficial. Not only will it provide better security but it will also greatly reduce the amount of drugs going in and out of the school. And although some people believe that it will violate the fourth amendment, it doesn't make it unreasonable. Those types of searches are meant to dispose of drugs that are harmful to the students.

Edson Salinas, Early College High School, Teacher Dena Poppe

Should schools do random drug testing? In my opinion, I think schools should do it for the safety of the children and teenagers. Maybe like a computer test, asking questions about drugs. For example, asking if you use them, or if family members influence you to use them? If some kids at school ask you if you want drugs, just say “No”, and report it to a teacher, parent, or any adult. Random drug testing would help parents know if their child is using drugs.

Alyssa Montalvo, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think a random drug tests should be done if there is evidence of drugs and if the student’s parents have been told about the drug testing. Random drug testing can help make students less motivated to do drugs if they know it can be easy to get caught, and it can help enforce drug laws in schools. The negative of it is that it would be violating the privacy of students, but random drug tests would really help clean up the students who are trying to influence other kids who do not want to use drugs. Parents and schools should do more to get rid of the drugs in the schools.

Camiren Canales, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I believe that schools should conduct random drug tests. If schools did that, then students would maybe be less likely to use drugs. Also those who are using drugs can get help, and other students would not be introduced to drugs at school. Students would be less likely to use drugs if they knew that they could get tested at any time without notice. I would definitely be super afraid of my parents finding out I was doing drugs. If the school tested students and it turned out they were using drugs, then the school could get them help. Maybe they can send then to rehab before they are too addicted. This will help them get away from drugs and not ruin their life. If students who test positive get help, this will prevent them from pushing other kids at the school to also get started on drugs. That is why I think that schools should conduct drug tests randomly.

Sarah Urbina, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

Conducting random drug tests is ok and should be accepted. The only reason you should have an issue with this is if you have something to hide. These drug tests would help to cut down on on-campus drug use. It would find all those who use drugs faster than having to catch them performing it. Some schools have problems with drugs so a mandatory drug test would catch and possibly even scare those thinking about drugs, so random drug test would not be a bad thing but would help schools and students. In conclusion, this would be fine and not invasive of ones self.

Isaiah Trevino, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

In my opinion I think schools should be allowed to conduct random drug testing on students for the following reasons. The first reason is for our safety and health because drugs can damage parts of our body. For example, drugs can make you unhealthy all around. Drugs mainly cause you to be addicted to them. Another reason schools should be allowed to do random drug testing is because schools may never know if students poses dangerous drugs in their backpacks, or lockers which means that they will become addicted to drugs. In conclusion, I agree with the idea of schools conducting random drug tests on students, so they don't fall into unhealthy habits and addictions.

Karen Medina, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

Schools should conduct these types of test. The reason I think this is because you never know if students are participating in drug dealing or actually consuming them. Another reason is because not only are they endangering themselves but they can also endanger others. If schools don't take action then kids who do these things will become addicted. This can cause their grade to become low. They should also lockers and backpacks to see

if they have any in there. This is why it's important schools to test them.

David Salinas, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think schools should do random drug checks, and testing on students. I think they should because you never know that a student could be doing drugs anywhere. People can help them stop and tell their parents. There can be so many kids doing drugs and you wouldn't know who and where. That's why I think schools anywhere should do drug tests and checks.

Judith Avila, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think schools should do random drug tests on students so the school can know if the students had taken them. So if the students took drugs we will get them the help they need. I don't think that schools should just do it on certain kids. I think all kids should be tested. No one should be singled out. We should also get the students the help they need before it's too late. Because if we stop them before they get addicted to the drugs and make them become drug free. Twenty-four percent of all students take drugs. If we perform random drug tests we can help students get the help they need to become drug free and stop taking drugs.

Logan Wreden, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think schools should do random drug tests on students because they may be possibly sneaking drugs into school and are giving it to other kids. Drug test are also good so schools and parents can make sure that students are not doing drugs away from school. If it is discovered kids are taking drugs, families can get them the help the kids need. The drug tests also makes sure that if kids are taking drugs they have a chance to stop before they become addicted to them. Drug testing is not just about schools being safer, but making kids’ lives safer. It will make the world safer and benefit those children and everyone's lives.

Connor Wreden, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think that schools conduct these types of test. The reason I think this because you never know if students are participating in drug dealing or actually consuming them. Another reason is because not only are the endangering themselves but they can also endanger others. If schools don't take action then kids who do these things will become addicted. This can cause their grade to become low. They should also lockers and backpacks to see if they have any in there. This is why it's important schools to test them.

David Salinas., Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I have a mixed opinion about schools conducting random drug testing on students because it has pros and cons. A reason I think schools should conduct drug testing is to make sure students are not harming themselves. Another reason is people will be more focused on their studies instead of drugs. A con of random drug testing is that it could be expensive to do drug testing. Who will be responsible for the cost? Another con of random drug testing is that someone could be taking a prescribed medication and it could come out as a false positive. Since there are pros and cons of random drug testing, schools should do lots of research.

Jehovah Garcia, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think that schools should conduct random drug testing, but not just on the students. I think that whole staff should be tested and searched. I asked a mother of one of the students what she thought about the topic, "Anybody who has anything to do with the school should be tested. The students, to the staff, anyone who has contact with the students on campus." There have been many cases where teachers and other people in the staff were caught with drugs on the campus. In conclusion, I think that schools should conduct random drug tests on students AND staff.

Eleanor Barajas, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think that it would be okay to conduct random drug tests on students for the following reasons. If the teachers had suspicions that the students might be doing drugs then I would respect the teacher’s decision because they can’t have people doing that type of stuff at their school. The drugs that the student might be taking can be harmful to other students so the teachers have to protect the other students around them. Also to protect the student(s) from going any further in doing more things that are wrong.

Mackenzie Abrigo, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think yes, so the students and teachers could be safe. I think that they should also because the students that are our age can be safe and won’t get into trouble. I also think because they can hurt themselves and other innocent kids or teachers. That is why the schools have red ribbon week to show us kids how drugs are bad and dangerous for you that it can even kill you. That is why I think the school should do drug testing on students, especially our age, so they can protect us from the dangers of drugs

Jacob Marroquin, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I believe that schools should have random drug testing in the schools for students. Drugs in school have become a problem. Many students bring drugs to sell and use while they are at school. Students selling and doing drugs during school is also a big problem. The reason I think they should have random drug testing is because people do drugs and then they can't focus on school work and get ahead in life. People don't act the same once they do drugs. Drug testing may help because students might think twice before using drugs because of the testing that might be done on them. There should be some exceptions because some people might be on medication with permission from a doctor.

Aaron Salinas, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I don’t think schools should conduct random drug testing. Something dangerous could happen, you never know if the drug is harmful to a student. If it is, they would need to call an ambulance, and I don’t think their parents would like that. Another reason they shouldn’t do drug testing is because the students might not be very comfortable. They would probably tell their parents, and I don’t think many of them would agree. The drugs may damage something on the students, or make them have side effects. There are a lot of things that can happen with random drug testing, so I prefer to not risk myself for the bad causes.

Samantha Arce, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think schools should conduct random drug test on students. Teachers and staff don’t know if a student has drugs with them. A student could be selling drugs and the teachers wouldn’t know about it unless the person selling the drugs gets caught. Schools should also check the student’s lockers, backpacks, and the students themselves. A student could be sneaking drugs inside their backpacks and be using them. Teachers should also conduct urine and blood test on students to see if they have any sort of drug in their blood and body.

Tyler Woodward, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

In my opinion schools should definitely conduct random drug tests on people during the school day. This will help for a few reasons. The first reason is that the school will be safer knowing that it will be drug free. 2nd of all it will probably help with grades because people who are on drugs most likely get not-so good grades. The people that do not agree on this probably have something to hide or are scared of revealing.

Nicole Mendoza, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I do believe they should do random drug testing at schools. But the school should keep the identities of the kids a secret. We wouldn't want kids to get bullied because of this. Many kids my not feel comfortable about doing the test at school. The school should send an early notice home to get signed by parents. Also the school should give the student the option to go to a doctor. They my feel more comfortable doing the test at a family doctor. The doctor should also sign a slip to show proof of the test. The school should do anything they can to help the student feel comfortable about doing the test. This is my opinion how I feel about this subject.

Viviana Soto, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

In my opinion there should be random drug tests. At any moment someone could have drugs, or be taking drugs. For the safety of the students, and staff I think that there should be random drug tests. If there are not random drug tests someone could die. With bullying there also should be drug tests because a bully will tell the victim to take the drug and there is a chance that the victim will be so scared and just take the drug. So that is why we should have drug tests at our schools.

Jenna Porter, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

Yes, because it would make the community a more drug free community. It would also save a lot of lives and brain cells. It would help stop the use and spread of drugs. For jobs, it would become easier to not have drug student employees. Police officers would have less drug cases as well. There would also be a possibility of the country to a decreasing number of more than half the use of drugs in our country.

Joshua Fonseca, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I don't think schools SHOULD do random drug tested on students at school because then they won't understand and probably not know what's going on. Furthermore, if schools do random drug testing on students, they might feel scared and not know about what's happening around them. Another reason is that parents need to receive a letter saying that their child will get a drug test in order to know so that later on they won't be surprised. In my opinion, I think schools should first send a letter home in order for the parents to know.

Indra Diaz, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I believe that schools should conduct random drug testing because students who are taking drugs could affect other student’s grades with their bad influence. If they do start drug testing it could help schools with their test grades, attendance and a positive environment. Having random drug testing it will help our school become DRUG FREE!!! Random drug testing will put the FEAR in those kids that are thinking about trying drugs. Random drug testing would help ease parents minds and make other parents want the kids to go that school.

Joshua Mitchell, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

I think the school security should frisk students for drugs every morning before going into school. Simply because many students will sneak in drugs into school without anyone knowing. They also can start selling the drugs. They should check locker, backpacks, and even pockets. They should random drug testing throughout the year. The students should stop bringing drugs because they could get sick because sometimes you don’t even know what the drug contains. That is why I think people should come to school and have a drug test.

Roland Segundo, Gutierrez Middle School, Teacher: Norma Rozeff

No, it is a violation of privacy. What people do outside of school should not be important. I think it would also be a waste of time and money. Perhaps if the student came to school and the teacher could tell he/she was under the influence then the school should drug test them.

Amanda Marie Vega, San Benito High School, Teacher: David Means

If schools were to randomly drug test their students, there should be consequences. What's the point of drug testing if there is not going to be consequences? The only thing you'll get out of it is disappointing results. Random drug testing can keep most kids from

doing drugs, but no matter what, there are always going to be kids that just don't care. If drug testing students turns out to be effective, by all means do it.

Rachel Cuevas, San Benito High School, Teacher: David Means

I think schools should not make the students take random drug tests. I believe many students and parents would find it offensive or maybe even insulting.

Frank Diaz, San Benito High School, Teacher: David Means

I think that it seems reasonable. If you have nothing to hide you should be able to go through with a drug test. It’s like if you’re a suspect in a murder case, if you don’t cooperate and called a lawyer than people will think you’re guilty, but if you cooperate and answer questions you should have no problem in being ruled out as a killer. If you really think drug testing is wrong you should maybe change your perspective, especially because of sports. This is a big topic because is someone is taking performance enhancement drugs (steroids). I think it is really unfair to other players who give their best and are not on steroids.

Mary Kate Holder, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think that drug tests should be enforced because it is for our safety and that drugs are bad for our body. If you have nothing to hide then why not take the test for drugs. Even if they catch you with drugs they do it for your safety. If it isn’t enforced students will have bad health and also bad grades will also come into place. The drug test should be enforced because it benefits everybody’s safety.

Raymond Cavazos, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think that random drug testing on students without even having a suspicion about them is unreasonable. If there is a case in which a teacher or other school official has an impression that a student or group of students have been affected by drugs, then I would see drug testing as beneficial for the students’ safety. All I’m saying is that there should be an intuition for testing; schools shouldn’t conduct these tests if they have no purpose for it.

Jackie Magno, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I don’t think that the random testing should be a violation to anything, because if they don’t have anything to hide, then just take the test; but, I think that they should only do the drug tests, if they have suspicion or an anonymous tip or if they see suspicious activity. I see that as the only reason besides actually seeing the drugs.

Nadia Vazquez, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I say yes, because if schools do drug tests more often they will find who and where it is coming from, and give a stop to it. It will also increase more students’ health and make schools safer. It will also keep children away from them and have better health for students. And when someone gets caught they will find who the dealer is and make the street and schools safer.

Juanito Garza, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

Yes, I do believe they should conduct drug test. Not only is this very necessary in today’s society but it keeps everything safer. The better part of this is that if it’s conducted at any time the person doing drugs, if any, will not be able to avoid or change their results. I think that this is a good idea especially high school students because many of these problems are occurring now. It’s debatable whether to do it on small children; they can just talk to them about drug safety. Although, if it’s been brought up and people think something is happening the test won’t really harm them. I would agree with his because if you have seen the news recently there have been younger children who have been known to be bringing in, and using, drugs. Too sum it up I believe that there should be test but only to be for a certain age and up

Kennadi Henn, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think that doing tests on the students in middle school and high school would be a good idea. I think it’s a good idea because as sad as it is some kids take drugs that early on in their life. Conducting the tests could either scare the kids to the point where the students don’t bring the drugs anymore stopping most of the circulation of drugs in the school or they get caught and they could get some help from counselors and teachers. Schools could also talk to the younger grade levels discouraging drugs so when they reach middle school and high school the students will already know better than to take the drugs. Nicole Hinkle, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

Drugs are a very dangerous thing, as we all know, but it’s really hard to answer this question. It mostly depends on the school and the students, some schools may have students in elementary taking drugs and others may not. For example, some schools may have just people in middle school and high school taking drugs; others may just have high school students taking drugs. Let’s say for example, if they did a drug test in elementary school and none of them were taking drugs, that would be good. But in other schools they may have elementary kids taking drugs, so it mostly depends on the students and the school, as I said earlier. Some kids may be forced into taking drugs because of peer pressure, or because of a hard struggle in their life and they feel that is the only way out of the pain. If it was a good school with good students, then it would be really useless to perform this test. In conclusion, it is very hard to answer this question, it all depends, really.

Sara Azua, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

Yes and No. No for multiple reasons. It kind of takes away some of the freedom we have. Sure, do that in high school, that’s perfectly acceptable, but not so much in middle school. Definitely not in elementary. First of all, how can middle school students get a hold of drugs? Even if we did, shouldn’t the system wait to high school to give the student a greater punishment and to get him or her to stop doing drugs for good? It’s also a huge waste of resources. Of course, there are a few good things about it. It prevents more kids from doing drugs and it also teaches other kids to better control themselves in ways. I have mixed emotions about drug tests, but I’m more on the “no” side.

Larry Bolt, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I know people who take the tests think that they’re a waste of time, but really there not. I believe they should and I have many reasons. The world is full of people who have drugs and the schools just want to stop it from growing in the schools’ population. Drugs are very bad for a person’s health and mess up their thinking skills. They want to keep everyone safe and healthy. I mean, if they occurred frequently I, myself, would get tired of it. We all have things to do and finish. Drugs can ruin your life. You only live once, so, you don’t think about your past and think of drugs. Taking the test must not be that bad that you can’t use a few minutes to take it. If it was me, I would take it even if I had to do it once a month, which I would get annoyed of, but of course. Anyone could have drugs, don’t let appearances fool you. But don’t be overly cautious, though. So yes, I believe they should have random drug testing.

Grace Calara, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think it would be great for schools to do random drug tests. I don’t really know what a drug test is because we don’t have that problem at our school. In my opinion I think that if a school or when a school ever does a drug test that it should be random. Yes, I think that schools should do this because drugs suck and can kill you.

Raquel Rubiano, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I would say that scheduled drug testing would be okay in schools. Because I would think that if schools conduct drug testing randomly is a bit “out of nowhere”. I don’t think any student would think that it’s normal and/or okay for someone to just walk in and say,” You guys are having a drug test today!” But if you think about it, I guess schools won’t need to have drug testing id the student would be honest about using or not using any sort of drug that they’re not supposed to use.

Kayla Ellorimo, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think that the drug testing on students would be fine so that the student would be checked up on if they took a drug that is bad then they would see what the student has. They should do drug testing because kids would take a drug without anyone knowing. Kids shouldn’t be taking drugs because it is pointless

Anthony Maldonado, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think that schools should conduct random drug test on students. It will help the students to be in better environments and they will be safe. I think it will lower the rank on kids that get addicted in to drugs in a young age. That may just be my opinion but they should.

Crystal Espinoza, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

This is a debatable topic for many reasons. I think the tests should be on high school and college students. The students could harm themselves by being exposed to drugs and put themselves and other people in danger. Drugs can mess up your brain and make you do things that you don’t want to. I guess they’re sort of like you being a robot and drugs are the people controlling you. Students should be tested for the people surrounding them and their friends and loved ones. They should not be tested every week but maybe once every two months for their safety.

Madison Harris, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I personally would not like to be bothered with random drug test so, I look at it as taking time out of our educated day for something so silly. So my answer is no. Most students want to make every second of your day count. So I personally wouldn’t want to take precious seconds of my education filled day for that. As for children who do drugs that is their choice, so I personally don’t do drugs so I wouldn’t need it.

Daniel Saucedo III, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

Yes, because now-a-days kids do drugs and sometimes even the parents don’t know. And sometime they don’t even care. I really don’t see a reason for kids to be doing drugs; they should be playing video games, or going outside with friends. Maybe even studying, or working on homework. Doing drugs at a young age leads to problems in the future, like not going to college, or not making the right friends.

Joshua Navarro, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think schools should do random drug testing on students. It is mostly because we are in a world where this happens almost every day in schools and it is bad. People use drugs for different reasons and there not supposed to do drugs. If every school did this then there wouldn’t be that much students with drugs. We would probably save some lives if all schools did this.

Noah Castaneda, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I believe schools should conduct random drug tests on the kids. Drugs aren’t safe, and kids should not be using them. Conducting random tests would be a good thing because if the kids aren’t hiding things than they wouldn’t be worried about taking the test. On the other hand, if they are trying to hide something then they may be the students that are taking drugs. If schools were to take tests I think they should test the athletes and possibly the eldest kids first. I also believe that if they were to have drug tests they should also search the lockers and other places they could store them.

Jazmin Saenz, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I do think that schools should conduct random drug tests on students. I believe that it would not just make students at school, but people everywhere, feel safer and more secure. They could help to see if the student is in any danger, and if so, how they could get help. It could also stop students from using steroids and any other body enhancement drugs for sports. This is why I believe random drug testing on students would be a smart and healthy decision to make.

Michael Durant, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think they should be allowed to conduct tests first and for most for the safety of schools and for the students in it. Drugs cause harmful damage to your brain and can disrupt your learning. It should be mandatory because drugs ARE illegal and should not be taken lightly.

Madison Constantine, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think they should. They should because a lot of kids lie when someone asks if they are on drugs. They lie because they are afraid of what they will do to them, maybe like send them to jail, or take away their drugs which would be better for them. I think people can sometimes be very afraid of people taking random drug tests because what if it they have a prescription but not have the excuse and it shows up on a drug test.

Justice Torres, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think they should because some people/kids think that doing drugs are the answer to everything. So they bring them to school to sell or to use. These random drug tests can help save a lot of lives. When these random drug tests can make students not bring them because they can get caught.

Joshua Loya, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

If lots of people in this world would not lie, I would say no drug test would be necessary. But since many people in this world are not very trustworthy, I would say we need them. Many people think this should not be allowed, because schools don’t have the right too, but if you have nothing to hide, why argue? Many students in general do drugs, so the purpose of the drug testing is just for everyone to be safe.

Nia C. Cerda, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think it is perfectly fine for schools to conduct random drug tests. If you don’t have any drugs on you, you should be fine with taking a test. If you do have drugs on you, however, you may feel discouraged and wish to not have random tests. Schools should be allowed to know if their students possess drugs on their property. Schools should conduct random drug testing on students.

Aaron Vidaurri, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

I think school should test students for drugs. You never know when a student does drugs. Doing this test will help keep the campus safe. You will also not put in risk other students, for example a student doesn't know what he is doing if he is on drugs, he can hurt another student. You will help keep safe the community.

Lorenzo Rodriguez, St. Anthony Catholic School, Teacher: Sonia Hilsenbeck

Schools should not drug test. This can invade everyone’s personal privacy and can get people’s hearts broken. Students don’t want drug testing anymore because it’s not the school’s business of what they do on their own time. Although this has lead more parents to know if their child is using drugs, it still invades the students’ personal life. Students should speak up and change it. Why should only some districts drug test? I think random drug testing should not be allowed. Districts should pay more attention to education.

David Garcia, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

Yes, schools should do random drug testing on student for alcohol. Students should not be doing drugs at all. However, if you are caught doing drugs in school, and if you test positive, you should be suspended from school. In fact, drugs in schools are the worst things in people lives.

Jose D. Ramirez, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

Drug testing is an arguable topic; it strongly depends on an individual’s point of view. For example, I disagree with random drug testing. Not because I do drugs, but because, in a way, school is promoting the use of drugs. I mean think about it; it’s like making teen girls take a pregnancy test randomly.

Selene Medina, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

Holding random drug testing on students could have many benefits for the school and the students. The students may have the opportunity to take care of their lives, and if they are making the wrong decisions, they can change them. Also, it can be a positive thing for the school, especially regarding sports. If athletes are using drugs, they can be suspended from the sport and learn the consequences of using drugs.

Roberto Rangel, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

I think that conducting random drug testing is a good idea for schools. Students should know that at any time they’re going to call them in for a test. If they love doing whichever sport or activity, the athletes (who are using drugs) will eventually stop doing them because they know they can get kicked off the team. Random drug testing is also good for the school. If everyone knows all the athletes from a specific school are drug free that will speak really well about that specific school. People will know the students aren’t drug addicts.

Maria Fernanda Gomez, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

Conducting drug tests on students is an excellent idea that the school has required for participation in school activities. What would happen if there were no drug testing? Students care and worry now. For instance, athletes here in school now know that if they do something on the weekend, they can get caught on Monday. It’s important that the state now requires students who participate in school activities get randomly checked so that they won’t do asinine things during the weekend.

Tamarah Gomez, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

I think that schools should do random drug tests on students because you never know who is on drugs. They may have a bad reaction and hurt others or themselves. Students are stupid now a days; they are really immature and don’t know what they’re doing. So yes, I think it would be a good idea to randomly test us students for drugs.

Mara Uresti, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

Random drug testing in school provides students the need to stay clean. The students never know when they’re going to be tested. Schools can know who does drugs, and they can watch those students more. They can also take the people who do drugs to a rehab so they won't affect the kids who don't do drugs.

Jessica Candanoza, Sharyland High School, Teacher: Wenndy Pray

Schools should drug test at random times to students, because doing drugs is bad. We have a lot of odds and bad stuff happening because of drugs. They should start doing random drug testing so they can end a stop to this and help the kids that do drugs. So no one can be hurt or destroyed while doing drugs. So they should and when they find out who is doing drugs they should talk to them why they are doing them so yea they should do random drug testing on students that look like they do drugs.

Timothy Sanchez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I really think that every school should do random drug test every once in a while. That way the school can put all the people who do drugs out of school. All school should only depend on the ones who don’t do drugs because they can succeed in life. While if you do drugs, you won’t succeed in life.

Aaron De Los Santos, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

The school should conduct random drug tests on students. I think that once some kids knew what was happening they would stop taking them. Some people may not seem like they take drugs but really we wouldn't know unless there was a way to find out which is why the drug tests would be useful.

Michelle Estevanes, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

The United States has the largest number of people incarcerated in the world and growing. 2.3 million people are incarcerated in the United States along with a growing rate of 713 people per every 100,000 people. With that said random drug test would catch more drug users in the act and would somewhat slow down the ever growing rate of the cartel and gangs that quietly uproot themselves in the U.S. and Canada. But the fact that incarcerating people is expensive and the fact is that the global war on drugs won’t change which is also expensive. Should the schools do random drug test? Yes I think so but in the end it’s just another number on a paper or on a website so people can look at.

Adrian N. Moreno, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I think there should be random drug tests at school, only if there is a suspicion reason behind the drug test. Because drug tests aren't cheap and schools only gets so much money.

Alanis Azoca, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I think that schools shouldn't conduct drug testing just out of the random for no reason. For one thing it makes the student look bad if he doesn't do drugs. And it also violates our privacy. I wouldn't mind if the school conducted drug testing to all the students every once and a while. It won't violate our privacy and make us look bad since everybody else is doing it. Maybe it might be boring but it's better than the school just picking a random student out of nowhere and drug test them for crack.

Orlando Cruz, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I think that they should because there are a lot of people that smoke and do all types of drugs. Test them so that there is no more problems with drugs and so that there won’t be any people on drugs.

Javier Quiroz, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Yes there are so many kids that take drugs as soon as their off parole or just for fun in school. It is becoming a bigger problem every year because nothing is being done about it. If this were to go into affect I am sure that it would help.

Darion Leal, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I think no drug testing shouldn't be done to students without their or their parents’ permission. Drug tests shouldn't be randomly done to anyone in school unless they have a reason to do a drug test. Even so a drug test can cost a lot of money and that wouldn't do any good to the school.

Jose Vasquez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Schools before would have a higher percentage of young adults graduating. Now days that percent keeps going down because of drugs. Administrators should arrange random drug test so that the people that do and sell drugs are out of the school, and kids that actually want to learn don't have any problems and can focus on graduating. I fell for drugs and it got me suspended for 3 months, I don't want to loose my privilege of free education. So I definitely agree on random drug tests.

Peter Garza, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I believe that random drug testing will benefit our students and help them succeed in their future. It will bring a cautious mind to students that will make them choose the right choice before they do something that can throw their life away. It can bring down the rate of people abusing substances in America and it can help change lives. Schools would be doing the favor to all families and preventing a bad future for the next generation come.

Sydney Walters, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Random drug testing at public schools would need to be justified. It would also be difficult because there would have to be consent from both parent and students

Clarissa Lurvey, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I believe that schools should be able to drug test students any time they want. If they believe that their students are under the influence the students should be able to prove that they are not. Kids need to learn that there are consequences to using these drugs.

Eric Reyna, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I strongly believe that our school should drug test the people competing in UIL activities. If you're going to represent our school, you should be a good example.

Jasmine Galvan, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Schools should not be allowed to randomly drug test students because it is an invasion of privacy, and it also goes against the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution. When a person is going to get drug tested, the person doing the arrest should have a warrant stating what it is they are searching you for. They have no right to search you even on speculation, let alone randomly.

Ixchel Betancourt, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Drug testing is part of keeping others safe and therefore I think schools should conduct random drug testing. It would be a good way to keep innocent kids safe and more secure. It can prevent them from hanging out with bad influences and avoid them from getting involved with drugs. It can also be a great way to help out the kids doing drugs. They can talk to them and help them avoid doing them. If schools did random drug testing they can benefit themselves and others. It can also lead to more drug free schools and better success for our future.

Esmeralda Fuerte, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

No because some people are innocent. I think they should only do it on people that behave bad or look like they would so something. Some people do not even deserve to get checked because their good people.

Nohemi Leon, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I do not think we should be drug tested at school unless they do it for sports. It isn't anyone's business what certain students do at home and what they don't do. If students are getting drug tested for a certain sport that they play, it would help coaches out and let them see what of their best players are really up to. If the students want to be good at the sport that they do, they shouldn't be messing around with drugs period because it is no help.

Leah Trevino, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I think schools should give drug tests. We all want to be healthy and people who do drugs read CAREFULLY. Teens need to stop doing drugs. I know that you have been through tough times in our lives, that's how we end up doing drugs, but we should stand up and fight for our health. It will be worth it in the end. I know it will.

Lorena Garza, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I do believe that schools should conduct random drug testing on students. The main problem with that is that schools are going to need a lot of money just to conduct one random test on a student. Another problem is, where is the money going to come from to fund a project like this

Kristian Castillo, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Drug tests on students are unacceptable. It's an invasion of privacy. I personally don't do drugs nor do I intend to in the future, but I do believe there is nothing wrong in doing so if no one else comes to harm. If a student or anyone for that matter decides to do drugs that is their own personal decision and their privacy should not be violated with a drug test. Of course if under the circumstance the student is causing a commotion and disturbing or harming others then it can be taken into consideration to do a drug test.

Bridgette Hernandez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I do believe that random drugs tests should be conducted during school. Drugs are illegal and the school should have the ability to see if students are under the influence of and have been using drugs. Schools should also enforce random drug checks in student’s vehicles at least once a week. It sounds very demanding and unconstitutional to the ignorant mind of a student, but schools should have every right to make sure no laws are being broken on or off the premises.

Samantha Sanchez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

As a student I think that conducting a random drug test would be a good idea. It can make a change in the after it’s done. Most kids know when drug testing is going to occur so they know when or when not to do it. Not knowing can make the school catch more kids who are doing them and start helping them in ways that will change their life. Yes its ones choice to do so but we all need a little push to do it. So I definitely think that doing so can bring many good. Most students won’t see it this way but this is what I think and it should be done.

Kandy Ojeda, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

We live in a society were now a days teens or even little kids do drugs and their parents don't know about it. I believe to have drug tests in schools should be done because it will let teachers and more importantly the parents of the students if they do drugs or not and what kind also their kids do. We are not so informed about how we are about our health that many don't care about it. We need to control our society and health problems. Kids are abusing drugs and it is hurting them, which is why I do believe we should have drug tests in school.

Maria Martinez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Many people may not like drug tests but looking at the bigger picture schools just want students to stay drug free. The test is not to bust students but to keep them safe so I would say this is a great idea.

Jordan Magallanes, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I think that there is a time and a place to do drug tests on people, but having students take a drug test in schools is not the time, nor place. Not that I have anything to hide, but there is just a boundary for me that shouldn't be pushed and this is one of them. Drug tests should be used for people applying for a job or something like that, just not at a school, and certainly not for students.

Kaitlynn Bagwell, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

We can't deny the fact that many youths in High School abuse of drugs. Having drug test done can help adults realize who is doing it and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. Many students might not even do drugs because they want to feel the sensation, some can actually be going through hard things in there life that being the reason why they do it. If someone can help them, then why not?

Keila Gonzalez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I believe it wouldn't be appropriate to give students drug test. Maybe if the parent were to sign a paper saying the school could do that, but other then I don't think it’s a good idea. Now this doesn't mean that I do drugs because I don't I just think its passing a line that shouldn't be passed.

Monique Rodriguez, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Personally, I do not believe that we should have random drug testing. Conducting drug testing on students is wrong and invasion of their privacy. If a student is in belief that they are under drugs then they should be persuaded into taking a drug test. However, schools should respect their students and not do such a thing to disrespect students’ reputations.

Sidney Ramos, Weslaco High School, Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Yes I think they should conduct random drug testing because some kids do drugs then they need help or someone to talk to. Sometimes kids do drugs because there parents are fighting.

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