I'm an alumni of School of the Osage, and when I heard that the school board had adopted drug testing, I was a bit skeptical. But the more I have thought about it, this is a good move to attempt to stop a potentially devastating problem.


I'm an alumni of School of the Osage, and when I heard that the school board had adopted drug testing, I was a bit skeptical. But the more I have thought about it, this is a good move to attempt to stop a potentially devastating problem.
Despite what some may think, drugs are present in area schools. While this is not a serious problem now, it will be in the future if the community, parents and schools do not take a stand. The biggest problem I had with this decision was that it is an invasion of privacy.  What school kids do in their spare time should be private. Most kids’ parents are involved in what they are doing and would know if something was up. It’s the select few who are let loose by their parents that bring their illegal activities to school.
Testing the students at random will help stave off the infestation of drugs in the schools. I know that some think that schools shouldn't be parents to students, and most of the time, school isn't a parent.
We can't let the few students that are let loose by their parents run completely wild. The school can't be a parent, but it has to take a proactive stance on protecting the good students and the future of the community.
Dylan Phillips, Linn Creek