Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2006
Source: St. Petersburg Times (FL)
Copyright: 2006 St. Petersburg Times
Author: Tresa Watson


Re: Drug Testing Not Best Method to Stop Usage, Dec. 10 Times Editorial:

I have two sons who are both athletes, one with great  promise. I 
strongly oppose drug testing. I am greatly  offended that the school 
would even consider making my  boys pee in a cup to prove their innocence.

If a teacher or coach ever suspected my sons of using  drugs, it 
would be their moral obligation to tell me,  and I would take 
whatever actions I needed to. It is  not the school's job to catch my 
boys doing drugs or  not doing drugs. It is my job. And my job starts 
with knowing their friends, the parents of their friends,  and 
sending everyone a clear message that drugs and  alcohol are 
unacceptable. I will cut off any friendship  that violates my rules 
and my expectations.

And my expectations are no drugs, and no drug testing.

Tresa Watson

Spring Hill
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