Thank you, Mr. Smith and Mr. Lovato, two board members, who voted against the Davis School Board's degrading policy of random drug-testing of students (April 17, "Davis district OKs drug tests").
It takes great courage and integrity to stand up for what's right when it is unpopular, especially when this involves our youth and keeping them safe.
More important is the responsibility, especially of educators, to teach students truth, arm them with knowledge, and inspire them to become successful members of society.
While well intended, this policy is misguided. If we're trying to teach our youth that one is "guilty, until proven innocent," this is the type of policy a controlling entity would implement. Such is in opposition to the law and what's taught in the classroom. Individuals are "innocent, until proven guilty," It violates natural rights and the need for "probable cause," which breeds resentment for authority. Rights of our free society should not be trampled, especially by those whose job is to teach those same principles.
In addition, this policy is offensive; it's discriminatory against those in extra-curricular activities (which build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership, and bring the school board/district a lot of money). The board is not a private company or team owner (where such a policy might be legitimate). My children are my stewardship as a parent, and my mandate comes from a much higher authority. To the amount the policy recognizes that a drug problem is between a child and their parent(s), I applaud it.
I ask the board rescind this policy, or at the very least, allow parents to "opt-in," if so inclined. Many parents don't want to "be the bad guy, and would defer that responsibility to the school. I will not consent to such treatment of my children, and I find this policy despicable. It displays a lack of faith in our youth, and lacks "equal treatment under the law".
Do you think it helps their self-respect and sense of a vote-of-confidence from those leading and guiding them into adulthood? Instead you label them suspect and criminal, and, in so doing, may just reap what you sow.