Pubdate: Thu, 07 Mar 2002
Source: Athens Banner-Herald (GA)
Copyright: 2002 Athens Newspapers Inc
Author: Josh Eaton


I'm writing in response to your article about the BART survey recently 
administered in the Clarke County School District. I am 18 years old and a 
senior at Cedar Shoals High School.

First, I'd like to say that, no matter how many computers they run those 
results through, they are probably not going to be accurate. Most of the 
people I know either gave the worst answers they could or got spooked by 
the fact that we were herded into the cafeteria by administrators who know 
our names and faces and asked personal questions, only to have to go up to 
a lady sitting at a computer, one by one, and hand those responses over to 
her to feed into the computer.

As with most of the drug policies and programs, I have the utmost respect 
for the school district's intentions, if they are truly what they portray 
them to be. However, the only words which I can use to describe actions 
such as drug tests of athletes, drug/sex surveys and sweeps with drug dogs 
are: misguided, juvenile and naive. We need real, effective and honest drug 
and sex education in our school before we have anything else. What we have 
now is thinly veiled moralism.

Josh Eaton
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