Pubdate: Fri, 25 Aug 2000
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Copyright: 2000 The Sydney Morning Herald
Contact:  GPO Box 3771, Sydney NSW 2001
Fax: +61-(0)2-9282 3492
Author: Jonathan Barouch
Note: Headline supplied by newshawk


I am an 18-year-old Year 12 student at an eastern suburbs drug-testing-free 
private school. I was horrified at Duncan McInnes's patronising comments 
(Herald, August 23): "The elders of the tribe have the experience and wisdom".

If he was so wise, first, he would realise school drug testing is an 
invasion of a student's basic civil rights to privacy.

Second, he would consider the precedent he is setting and the floodgate of 
problems that would be opened with any form of urine or blood testing.

A school's role is to educate the youth of Australia and not police us.

Jonathan Barouch, Vaucluse.
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