Students speak: Drug testing in schools
As part of their AP U.S. Government studies, Marshfield High School students researched and compiled information on an issue they cared about and wrote letters to the editor. Hub City Times will publish a collection of their letters.
My name is Paige Preston, and I am currently a ninth grader at Marshfield High School. Recently, I have heard of multiple drug problems occurring in our community.
Unfortunately, the only time we hear about the problems with drug use among students is when something bad happens or when someone gets caught. I think that it would be a good idea to utilize random drug testing a couple of times throughout the school year to try to minimize the growing problem.
The topic of random drug testing has been a controversial issue. However, according to the Marshfield News-Herald, a survey of one district showed that 80 percent of parents approved of random drug testing.
Although some argue that drug testing is too expensive, if it was done only a few times a year, it would be less expensive and more manageable. Similarly, an article recently published by Fox News stated that in order for people to receive benefits from some government-run programs, they have to pass a drug screening. So if adults are going to end up being tested, why not screen children and get them the help that they need at a young age before things get progressively worse?
Also, in an article from 2016, a bill that would make drug testing mandatory for students participating in extracurricular activities gained the support of parents whose children had died of overdose.
It is better to stop the problem now before it grows and becomes an enormous issue.