Indiana School Passing Out Complimentary Drug Tests
In addition to receiving wellness check ups and shots, some Indiana school children will be taking drug tests, as well.
Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney Aaron Negangard recently met with parents of students preparing to start their first day at Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School in order to hand out complimentary drug screen kits – a first of any school in the state.
Surprisingly, most of the parents with fifth and sixth grade children attending Sunman-Dearborn are all for it.
“Probably after this, he is going to ask a few more questions and I will do a little more explaining and sit down with his mother when everything settles down and have a little more serious conversation about it,” said one parent.
The voluntary drug tests were paid for by Citizens Against Substance Abuse and handed out by the school, but the results will not be released to educators. The test is simply a way to initiate a conversation with kids about drugs, according to Negangard.
“If you explain to your child, ‘I’m doing this because I love you, because I want to make certain nothing happens to you, because I want to give you an “out” at that party,’ (and they can say) ‘Hey, I can’t do this because my parents drug test me,’” said Negangard.
However, some parents say they are against the drug test because they feel the kids are too young. “If you can’t look at your kids and know that something is wrong, you’re not doing your job as a parent,” said one parent.
The real question is: how long until the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation attempts similar actions. How would you react?