Missouri High School to Collect Students’ Hair for Mandatory Drug Tests

One word: creepy.  This is a private school so they can do what they want, but to me it is representative of a very troubling trend in America where privacy rights are being eroded more and more.  Let’s not forget the recent case in which a federal judge affirmed that a Texas public school could force its students to wear RFID chips.  I covered that in my post Federal Judge: Texas School Can Force Teenager to Wear Locator Chip.

Now from CBS News in St. Louis:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) — A Kansas City high school will begin collecting hair from students to conduct mandatory drug tests.

KSHB-TV reports that Rockhurst High School will start the random drug testing during the 2013-14 school year.

The school will collect 60 strands of hair from the student and test for several types of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. If a student comes back with a positive drug test, that student will have 90 days to get drug-free.

Guilty until proven innocent.  America in 2013.

Full article here.

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  1. …and if a student or his/her parents refuse?

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