The full story is worth a cautionary read, but I wanted to cull a few quotes I found particularly appalling and post them here, with commentary:
Using a small sample of hair, about 1.5 inches long, the test can identify whether use is light, moderate or heavy and can provide an approximation of when the drug was last used.
It bears mentioning that the school is seeking knowledge of past activities of the student and are forcibly extracting testimony from their very body tissue. Later, the article notes that the hair test will note drug usage for about 90 days. So, CBC is potentially seeking to know what a student has done in their private lives even months before enrolling in the school.
In his 23 years as president of CBC, _______ said the drug testing "has been one of the most positive things that's ever happened to our school."
"Our kids take pride that we're the only school in the state, as far as we know, that does mandatory drug testing for the entire student body and that the numbers are what they are."
The president thinks that brainwashing children into taking pride in submitting to invasive drug tests is one of the most positive things that has ever happened to his school. Where do I sign up!
Parents find the program reassuring, while students take it in stride.
In case you were wondering what would possess a parent to allow their children to be treated like criminals...
"He tells me the test is absolutely no big deal," _______ said. "When he passes, a letter comes home from Ms. _______ congratulating him on passing. As a parent, that's a wonderful thing to get, a letter that tells you 100 percent that everything is OK."
When the authorities give you a commendation for submission, you know that your hard work as a parent is all paying off.
_______, of St. Charles, is president of the school's Parent Club and father to _______, who graduated CBC last year, and ______, a junior.
"I think this program is excellent because it gives our kids one more reason to stay away from drugs," he said. "Let's be frank, temptations are out there, and this gives kids another tool to fight against peer pressure.
I think it is a little ironic that the president of the Parent Club is so anxious to pass off the job of being a parent to the school-- or should I say, to the contractor hired by the school to cut his childrens' hair in order to obtain evidence of criminal activity. Threat of expulsion and prosecution is one way to discourage drug use. So is parental oversight and formation in the Catholic faith. I wonder what contractor has that job at CBC.
Even in the 2007-2008 school year when testing was first done at CBC, 97.6 percent of students tested drug-free, she said. Afterward, the results were 98.7 percent for 2008-2009, 98.8 percent for 2009-2010 and 99.1 percent for 2010-2011.
"The testing was not started to be punitive or because we thought we had a problem," _________ said.
Read those last two paragraphs again. There you have statistical and testimonial proof that discouragement of drug use has nothing to do with this program, nor has drug usage significantly decreased (even if one attributes a cause-and-effect to the minuscule percentage decrease in positive test results).
However, other Christian Brothers schools across the country were doing such testing, she said.
"The reasons they've done it were like ours, because we care about our kids," she said.
Ohhhhh, OK, as long as it's because they CARE about THEIR kids...
__________ said hair testing, which has always been the methodology used, is harder to mask than a urine test.
"Drugs only stay in urine for a few days, but hair testing gives you a 90-day window of usage," she said. "Also, a hair test is very noninvasive."
Sure, noninvasive. Just taking your hair. Not like submitting to electronic-image strip searches or groping of private parts. It just conditions acceptance of such practices. That makes it OK.
I don't see how CBC's forced drug testing program is forming capable Catholic citizens of a free society. But maybe it's too late to worry about it anymore.
Tuition at CBC for the 2011-12 academic year is $11,980.
That'll buy a lot of drug tests.
But no human dignity.