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Should high school athletes be drug tested? Show more Show less
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Playing any type of sport in high school can require a lot of hard work and effort, between long practices, games, and budgeting your time. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, roughly 55% of all high school students participate in at least one sport. Nearly a fourth of all high school students do at least one type of illicit drug, most popularly marijuana. Should highschools be drug testing their student-athletes?

Yes, high school athletes should be drug tested Show more Show less

The number of students who use illicit drugs could decrease drastically if athletes were to be drug tested in high schools. Schools have a duty to protect and serve in the best interests of all their students.
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It helps make schools safer environments

Schools have a responsibility to make sure all of their students are in an environment that is safe, secure, and conducive to learning. Student-athletes who may be taking drugs will ultimately disrupt this safe learning environment.

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High school athletes should be drug tested because testing will help make schools safer environments. Schools are the homes of students typically for seven hours a day and five days a week. Schools should do everything they can to make sure their collective student body is attending classes in a safe and protected environment. Supreme Court Justices like Clarence Thomas believe that a public school environment is one where the State is responsible for maintaining discipline, health, and safety.[1] Thus, schools should enforce and implement drug testing policies on their student-athletes. Drugs not only affect a student’s ability to learn but also disrupt the teaching environment, affecting students and instructors as well.[2] If high school athletes, those most susceptible to drug use, are tested at school, they will be less likely to use and misuse drugs. Drug testing will lead to more conducive and safer environments for learning for all students.

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Drug testing of high school athletes should not occur; it will not lead to safer school environments. Drug testing might actually make students feel less safe and less trusting towards their instructors and school mentors.[3] High school athletes who get drug tested at the demands of their school coaches may become warier and guarded around their coaches, people who are supposed to build trust and make their players feel safe and secure. The constant threat of invasion of privacy and violation of personal space accompanies the drug testing of high school athletes. Instead of making students feel safer, it will make students anxious, stressed, and untrusting of their school environment. Drug testing high school students will not lead to a safer climate within schools.

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  1. https://nation.time.com/2013/08/01/privacy-and-the-law-how-the-supreme-court-defines-a-controversial-right/slide/student-drug-testing/
  2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/drug-testing/frequently-asked-questions-about-drug-testing-in-schools
  3. https://time.com/3761571/drug-testing-schools/
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