Pubdate: Mon, 04 Nov 2002
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2002 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Gord Higham
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.
Bookmark: (Drug Testing)
Bookmark: (Youth)


Whether or not it is a violation of privacy to randomly drug test students 
is to me not as large an issue as the one of singling out a specific 
segment of our population for discriminatory policies.

The catch phrase of "athletes are leaders and should serve as role models" 
is all very well and good provided that the other role models in our 
communities -- parents, teachers, coaches, school trustees and pastors are 
ALL subject to the same treatment and policies.

Therefore, I would encourage all the aforementioned people to roll up their 
sleeves or grab the jar and join in on the fun. I wonder if any false 
positives will result in the suspension of parenting privileges, 
impeachment of government officials or excommunication from religious 
practice. Guilty, Guilty, Guilty -- ooops we goofed, sorry about smearing 
your good name.

Gord Higham, Winnipeg

(Somehow, we suspect that testing students for drugs won't stand up in court.)
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