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If you don't support this you're part of the immense under-aged drinking problem (not just here in Steamboat- which is above national averages for having a problem) but everywhere. "Individual rights" do not apply here. Students give up their so called rights when they register for school or purchase a ticket to a school event. The right of the school district to protect its students and staff as well as enforce its policies supercedes the right of the individual to "just have fun". (If you have conflict with that statment I'm more than willing to suggest that you would have nothing done about the two students at Moffact Cnty HS who recently made a hit list of a teacher and a student- you may say it was just fun, just kids being kids. Wake up! Our schools have not been a killing ground for that long- things that were reserved to what some school violence authors have described as prison-style occurances have not been an unfortunately common thing until very recently.) But I digress. That student that decides they can drink puts themselves and everyone around them in the position of possible tragedy. "But what if they don't drive and just walk?" Drunk pedestrians cause accidents too (I know from experience- having struck a dunk pedestrian and nearly killing them- believe me, that's trauma no one wants).
Its time the "adults" in this area woke up and begin behaving as such. I've been in meetings with students and they say the number one thing that curbs underage drinking is positive role models. Adults that they can relate to, that don't drink and know how to have fun without alcohol, impress them and command the repsect that young people are all too willing to give. Be a role model- act your age, not your shoe size.
When did the expectations of good parenting and personal responsibility disappear?
On the other hand some of the best students are coming out of SSHS!! Sheesh, Report some good news!
Things weren't like this 10-20 years ago. Randomly testing kids isn't going to stop them. It's called setting values and rules for your children and making them follow them. The school should NOT be doing our parenting for us. They aren't babysitters for your out of control children. How many times do we see in the briefs that an officer had to take time out of his/her day to mediate a parent/teen argument. Are you scared of your own child? You can't reprimand them yourself? What happened to being grounded, no tv, no phone, no friends for a week when you did something wrong. We aren't allowed to spank kids anymore since a few people took it too far.
The children are the parent's responsibility, please don't make it everyone elses. Obviously you shouldn't have had a child if you can't teach them right from wrong.
Doing random testing leaves the district open for dicrimination or "targeting" allegations. Check everybody, or nobody. We would be better off to have kids "checked at the entrance" to school events, rather than "randomly" selecting individuals.
So, who should be denied a public education:
Randy, a local kid with good grades who failed a random drug test, or:
Ramon, a kid with good grades whose mom brought him here from Mexico when he was an infant. No legal papers.
Bolter, neither should be denied a public education.... and how is this an immigration issue?
No one gets denied a public education. Even a student who fails a random drug test would be allowed a public education through a local alternative school.
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