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Random Drug Testing Controversy

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North Valley Regional High School District, most known for our newest Senator Cory Booker, is in the middle of a random drug testing controversy that has many parents and students up in arms.

District officials want the Bergen County borough to implement random drug testing on all students participating in extracurricular activities.

The district superintendent said that the decision to implement this new policy came out of growing concerns of drug use in that area.

Parents and students have been coming out in large numbers to board meetings to voice their concerns over this new policy. Some students have even showed up to board meetings dressed as prisoners to show that they’re being labeled. In addition, many parents have been outspoken in their opposition of this random drug testing program.

Susan Hertzberg, a parent and former parent-teacher council member spoke out about her concern for this new policy. She said “Random drug testing not only is not effective but it also risks leading students in the pool to actually substitute faster acting, more dangerous drugs that they will use because they are out of their system a lot more quickly and therefore are less detectable,” she said.

Some parents are all in favor of drug testing if there is probable cause. One parent specified that they are opposed to random testing but not suspicion based testing. They feel like there should be a reason behind the testing, not just because someone assumes a student is guilty.

According to the Supreme Court, in 2002 they deemed this random drug testing legal as long as the school district suspects that drug use will increase. Right now, 33 school districts in the Garden State perform random drug tests.

Social media sites like Facebook were buzzing on this topic. One member Will said “I’m in favor of the policy but only if you test the teachers and administrators 1st.” Another user Patrick said “Without probable cause this is a complete violation.”

The policy is currently tabled at this time while they seek a compromise but this latest controversial policy could be voted on in the very near future.

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