Pubdate: Sun, 21 Oct 2007
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)
Copyright: 2007 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Author: Ken Chang


A lot of letter writers are adamantly in favor of random drug testing
of teachers. These same writers of course are in favor of locker
searches and drug-sniffing dogs in high schools. Their reasons are
rock solid: "for the safety of our children." They don't want teachers
who are high or drunk in contact with their children. No one wants a
teacher all spaced out, glassy eyed or reeking of alcohol. These
teachers should be tested so they can be arrested and expelled. Even
if they find only one among the 13,500 teachers, it would be worth

I know it's a stretch, but I'm thinking that some of these children
must go home to an abusive parent or family member. Wouldn't it be
great, then, if they could have some kind of random testing in every
home, to see if parents or relatives are not doing drugs and alcohol
or illegal drugs in the presence of their children or their
environment? Children spend more hours at home than at school, so this
should be a no-brainer.

If you have nothing to hide, it should be all right. Just think that
this is all "for the safety of the children" and you'll agree, this is
the right thing to do.

Ken Chang

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