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N.J. Town To Vote On Middle School Drug Tests

6th, 7th & 8th Graders May Soon Be Treated Like High Schoolers


BELVIDERE, N.J. (CBS 2) – A proposal to conduct random drug tests of young students in one New Jersey town is raising some eyebrows.
Students at Belvidere Elementary School could be adding drug testing to their list of lessons when they move into middle school.
The Board of Education will vote Wednesday on a plan to randomly test sixth, seventh and eighth graders to see if they are under the influence of drugs. School administrators said they were confident the proposal would pass.
Elementary School Principal Sandra Szabocsik said school officials want to use the testing “as a deterrent.”“We’re hoping that the students if they’re at say a party or someone’s house or just hanging out somewhere, that they’ll say ‘I don’t want to get involved in drinking or using any drug because tomorrow could be a drug testing day,’” she told CBS 2′s Christine Sloan.
The program is voluntary and both parents and students must consent. School officials said it was important to note that if a student tested positive, they would not be suspended or have the results sent to the police.
Instead, those students would get counseling or even be referred to a rehab facility.
A number of parents and students in the close-knit town said they would be signing up for the testing.
“It takes the pressure off of them that they have an easy out to say ‘no. No I don’t want to do this, I’m afraid I’ll be tested,’” parent and teacher Noelle Kornegay said.
Drug testing is currently mandatory at Belvidere High School for students who park on campus, join clubs or participate in athletics.
“It’s been working well in the sense that parents and students understand the choices they make and are able to make better ones,” high school assistant principal Joe Flynn said.
“I don’t think it’s to really punish kids as much as to let them realize what they’re doing and the effects it has on their life,” sophomore Jim Debenedetto said.
The district said it wants to convey a similar message to its students — that the tests are not about punishment, but about getting help to those who may be experimenting with drugs.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/01/10/new-jersey-town-to-vote-on-middle-school-drug-tests/


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  • A deterrent my butt.

    Just another example of the state wanting to take the place of the parents. Are all the teachers, school board members,and anyone else associated with this program gonna be pissing also?

    Drug experimentation is a fact of life for most kids. The ones that make it through with no problems are the ones that have solid parenting and guidance. Parents are lazy nowadays and last thing they want is to confront their kids. Better to let the state do the dirty work for them, and a More..

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  • One more thing about the state influencing our children.

    I come from a long line of teachers. Over the holidays I was talking to a aunt that's a teacher from a small town in Texas and she told me that their school was having kids watch videos of how they raise chickens and the conditions of chicken farms. With the direct intention of putting kids off meat.

    Sound crazy? It's true.

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  • It's a proven fact that kids are 'experimenting' with drugs and alcohol at much younger ages than when I was growing up. Even when I was in Jr. High, back in the 70's, kids were smoking pot. With the prevalence and easy access to almost anything these days, it would be almost reckless to not do this. You can't watch your kids 24/7 anymore. Just not possible, unless they're home schooled and not allowed to go anywhere.

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  • Nobody should worry about their privacy or civil rights. The under-skin tracker-chip implants won't happen until next semester at the earliest.

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  • Again, its OPTIONAL. If u dont want to do it u dont have to! .... for now..

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  • One step closer to the state raising our children

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  • sure lets just put every road block in place to make sure they do not become fine outstanding citezens....does anyone really need that on there permanent school record? is that a fare and just thing to do? to me, its just more of big brother,raising our kids to be compliant....and the parents,,,,,theyre just sheeple.

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  • there gonna be a lot of kids quiting that school just a nother reason for pedos to touch kids

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