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Our government has chosen to ignore our rights as citizens. Random drug tests on student athletes violate the right to privacy.

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Jeff Bluett Project Ren. Exchange Paper Mr.Bein Our government has chosen to ignore our rights as citizens. Random drug tests on student athletes violate the right to privacy. Random drug testing violates our personal rights in the Fourth Amendment in the Constitution. The amendment states that U.S. citizens should be protected against unreasonable search and seizure. This is not the only reason random drug testing should be illegal in schools. Other reasons include students might not join athletic teams because of the consequences that might occur, it might encourage students to do drugs that will not appear on the drug test, certain students might get targeted for testing, and it will also cost the school a lot of money. The fourth amendment states that there must be a clear reason or individualized suspicion when a search occurs. ...read more.

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Many students find that drug testing is very intolerable and intrusive on there privacy. The millions of students who participate in interscholastic sports, overwhelming majorities have given the school no reason whatsoever to suspect they use drugs at school, are open to an open intrusive bodily search. It is not right to make these kids who have never done any drugs to submit to an unreasonable drug test. Many student-athletes will want to get around the random drug testing. One method they might use is to stop using marijuana and switch to a drug that will not stay in their system for days. They could use drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine. These drugs which are more harmful exit the body quickly so they usually go undetected by drug testing. This would be a very harmful effect of random drug testing. ...read more.

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There will be less money for all the other school activities. There are many other approaches to stop drug use. The school could start a Drug education program or even an after school drug program. There could be drug counselors at the school. These alternatives would be more cost efficient. These are proven to help stop drug use, while drug testing has not. Many parents prefer to trust their kids unless given a reason to do otherwise. This is why it should be the parents decision to drug test their kids or not. This is only if they are under the age of eighteen. If a school decides to test it takes away the parental decision making power. It is not the schools job to jump in and regulate the kids. There is no reason why the school should be able to regulate what you do with your own body. The purpose of school is to educate. When schools try to regulate its kids, it is human nature for them to try to rebel. ...read more.

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