Rockhurst High School, an all-boy Jesuit school in Kansas City, MO, has rolled out a new policy. It's going to drug test hair next school year. They'll take a chunk of hair and let a private company analyse it. Students who flunk the drug test have 90 days to get clean (or else what? I don't know).
The news report about it seemed to make a big deal about a few things:
1. Administration won't know. Yeah, right.
2. The results go into a counseling file, which is destroyed upon graduation. Well. What if the student transfers schools? It goes, too, doesn't it? And having a positive drug test on your file is not a good thing, thanks. I'm sure the school could say parents have to give permission for the file to be transferred. I'm also sure schools can refuse any student who does not.
Which would make this school pretty much the default choice after a positive drug test, and it
3. Costs over $12,000 a year to attend. And there are fees for about a billion things. You would think for that kind of cash that parents would speak up for the rights of their children.
I don't know why anyone thinks this is OK. Sure, if a kid shows up all drugged-out, search his locker and refer his parents to counselling or something. But really? At that kind of price? I should imagine that if it is not happening during school hours it is not even happening if you know what I mean.
I've been to Rockhurst recently for a chess tournament. It's in Missouri technically but it is on State Line Road so if you cross the street, you're in Kansas. It's a nice, large school that is reasonably well kept-up. My son's friend hopes to go there to play football someday.
They didn't seem like evil people when I went there, which is why this news story is so perplexing. The chess kids I met from Rockhurst actually struck me as kinda nerdy and hardly the binge-drugging kind. Maybe these rich people need to invent things to worry about.