Asection of the parents have requested for a mandatory drug testingdone for all students in an effort to reduce drug use among students.It is however important for the parents to understand the studentsrights and responsibilities on drug testing. Firstly, mandatory drugtesting for all students is not allowed by the constitution. Theconstitution has provided laws and regulations that uphold students’privacy by prohibiting mandatory drug testing of students. Formandatory drug test to be carried out, it has to be extremecircumstances with reasonable suspicion of drug use or trafficking. One of such circumstances would be in extracurricular activitieswhere the school officials have a reasonable suspicion on drug use bythe student participants (Peebles 66). For example, if schoolofficials suspect drug use in some members of a team, then theofficials may decide that all students take a drug test. A studentcan however refuse, but they would not be allowed to participate inthe particular event unless they are tested.
Ifstudents are arrested for selling drugs in school, the constitutionhas allowed the intervention of the police to the matter. Police cancome to the school and search students` lockers if the schoolofficials have warned the students of the possibility of theirlockers to be searched. Drug dogs can also be used to sniff onstudents only if the police have a reasonable suspicion to believethat the students have drugs or have been involved in drug activities(Herrington43).
Insummary, it is not possible to have a mandatory drug testing for allstudents. This is because, the clause on student rights andresponsibilities in the constitution does not allow mandatory drugtesting in all students. For drug testing to be conducted, there hasto be extreme circumstances with reasonable suspicion that studentsare on drugs. Even in extra curricular activities, a student mightrefuse to be tested for drug but will not be allowed to participatein the event. Even though mandatory drug testing for students mightseem to be a positive move by a section of parents, it imperative forthem to understand that the law does not allow such.
Peebles,Marvin L. ModelCode for Student Rights, Responsibilities & Conduct.Chicago: Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, 2009.Print.
Thisbook provides a code that explains the rights and responsibilitiesfor students in schools. It also explains the conduct by the schoolofficials on treating their students.
Herrington,TyAnna K. IntellectualProperty on Campus: Students` Rights and Responsibilities.Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010. Print.
Thisbook goes beyond explaining students` rights and responsibilities toexplaining on the use of intellectual property.