(Source) Alcohol is being added to the drug-testing policy at a Catholic high school in Arlington Heights. St. Viator High School will begin randomly testing students for alcohol consumption starting this fall. Since 2007, the school has administered drugs tests to all of its 1,000 students at the beginning of the school year, and then tests a random group of 15 students each week. The testing, including the alcohol screens that will be added this year, is done by an outside company using students’ hair follicles, said school spokeswoman Paige Wiser. She said students shouldn’t notice any difference in the process. The results will indicate approximately how much alcohol the student has consumed in the previous three months, although minimum levels of alcohol — such as that from Communion wine — won’t show up, Wiser said.
Students who test positive must attend a meeting with their parents, counselor and the president of the school. After 100 days, the student must pay for another test, and a second positive result in expulsion. However, Wiser said no student has been dismissed from the school as a result of the school’s drug-testing program. She said less than 1 percent of previous student drug tests have come back positive, and that the expanded substance testing will be an asset to parents. “Around here, alcohol is more common than drugs,” she said.
First of all, I didn’t even realize you could test someone for alcohol in general, let alone have the test go back 3 months. That’s fucking crazy. Big Brother type shit right there. Second, and more importantly, this is completely absurd. Like I get that it’s the administrator’s jobs to try and keep the kid’s safe but come on. It’s fucking High School. Kids will drink and be normal, then when they go to college they’ll continue to drink and be normal. To try and curb this or stop it all together with alcohol testing is completely counterproductive. Not only are you punishing kids for being normal you’re also making it clear you don’t trust them, and they’ll never learn how to act on their own, and then when they go to college and have their first taste of freedom they’ll have ZERO clue on how to handle it. Everyone knew that kid in their freshman dorm. The kid that lived a sheltered life and then showed up to college and went way overboard. That’s what St Viator is doing. They’re monitoring kids like it’s a police state and essentially robbing them a chance to learn from mistakes while they’re young. Pussification of America right there.