Mandatory Testing Should Not Be Drug Testing Essay

1295 Words Nov 14th, 2015 null Page
Christopher Hitchens once said, “In our time, the symbol of state intrusion into the private life is the mandatory urine test.”(Goodreads) A common misunderstanding is that if you play a sport or participate in extracurricular activities, that you must be using some sort of drug. Professionals can testify that students who don’t participate in activities after school have a higher drug usage than athletes. In reality, these extracurricular activities are keeping these students from using drugs. Why should we invade the privacy of these students who are on the right path? I believe that we should not be drug testing these students in order to maintain their civil rights, save schools money, and not idle away precious time.

There needs to be consideration on one of the major reasons that we should not drug test these students being that conducting these test would be very expensive. An average drug test could cost between $10 and $30, according to Connecticut Clearinghouse. With the way that some schools complain about budgeting issues, a drug test is not something a school should want to spend money on. For instance, the school district of Carroll County, Georgia had $20,000 to spend in their budget, according to an article in The Washington Post, and it was spent on these random drug test. This money could have been spent on textbooks, computers, and more school supplies. Additionally, we not only have to pay for the drug test itself, but what about all the supplies needed…

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