NJ schools will test students’ urine for weekend drinking

Posted by: ST on January 31, 2007 at 6:22 pm

Via the AP:

PEQUANNOCK, N.J. — Teens who drink alcohol could be caught three days later under a high school’s new testing policy for students.

The test, which will be given randomly to students at Pequannock Township High School, can detect whether alcohol was consumed up to 80 hours earlier. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21.

Other districts already use the test. Middletown began using it last spring for students suspected of using drugs and alcohol. This month, the district expanded it to include a random pool of about 1,800 students.

Pequannock Superintendent Larrie Reynolds said the policy approved last week should be a deterrent to students who feel peer pressure to drink.

Under the program, students who test positive will not be kicked off teams or barred from extracurricular activities, Reynolds said. Instead, they will receive counseling — and their parents will be notified.

The ACLU of NJ isn’t too happy about this:

Critics have said the testing does not work and invades students’ privacy.

“Medical care and treatment are issues between parents and children,” said Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

That line of thinking on the part of the ACLU-NJ apparently doesn’t extend to minors regarding abortion, though, natch.

(AP link via Best of the Web)

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3 Responses to “NJ schools will test students’ urine for weekend drinking”

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  1. Tom TB says:

    I don’t care what the test results are; urine isn’t fit to drink on weekends or any day of the week!:d

  2. benning says:

    Dagnabbit, Tom TB, that’s where I was going with it! Dang!

  3. Tom TB says:

    Now, Seriously!, there will be all kinds of legal challenges. They say these are random tests, therefore not on a student who shows up showing signs of intoxication. If it is as sensitive as they claim, mouthwash containing alcohol could give a positive reaction. They say they want to notify the parents; what if it’s the parents that provide the drink? With all this respect for “cultural diversity”, wine is a sacrament in many religions, and drunk on weekends. The Nanny-State always grows, and there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of lawyers!