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Does the school have a right to force teachers to take drug tests after finding heroin?

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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Teachers Refuse to Take Drug Tests After Heroin Found in Elementary School

by Ericka Sóuter

needleSchool bathrooms can be scandalous places. After all, it's where students are most likely to smoke, bully each other, or hide out while skipping a class. However, Benjamin Cosor Elementary School has taken the lavatory lore to a whole new level. Police say that heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the faculty bathroom, which is off-limits to students. Sadly, that can only mean one thing: an adult who is in charge of children is using drugs on school grounds. Scary thought, right? Wait, it gets worse.

By using camera footage, Fallsburg, New York investigators were able to whittle down the possible suspects to eight faculty members who used that particular men's restroom before the narcotics and needles were discovered. Administrators then asked that they take a drug test to determine who the culprit was. While each of them did initially agree, all but one quickly changed his mind and hired a lawyer on the advice of the teachers' union.

Of course, the pervading theory among police and parents is that if they have nothing to hide, why not take the urine test? It's certainly a fair question. Don't parents have the right to know if a drug addict is teaching their children? I know there will be arguments about civil liberties and one's right to privacy, but when it comes to a situation involving children, the choice is simple. This person committed a crime on school property, and a potentially dangerous one at that. What if a faculty member had gotten poked by a needle or, worse, a student had happened upon these things?

Growing up in this country is an uphill battle for many children these days. They are faced with situations involving violence, sex, and crime early on. School should be a safe haven of sorts or, at the very least, parents should not have to worry about one of the staff members using drugs feet away from where their children are learning. So asking for a drug test seems incredibly fair -- at least to this parent. On the other hand, if the drugs had been found near the school rather than in it, this request would be unreasonable. But fact of the matter is, someone these families trusted put these students in danger.

Do you think the school has a right to force the suspects to take drug tests?

by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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tanyainmizzou
by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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Yes.   If you won't, your contract needs to be terminated.   You don't have a right to employment.

Enfj66
by New Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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I've never had a job that didn't include random drug screenings, or at least being required to submit to a screening if the employer felt the need. Why would/should it be any different for teachers, or anyone else who works with children? I would gladly submit to one and I would be very suspicious of anyone who wouldn't.

jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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Yes.  IMO, they do.  However, I am willing to bet the teachers union thinks otherwise.

baquick
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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I thought teachers and school staff were subject to drug tests anyway...? Yes. They should either take the test or lose their job. Just like any other job that does drug tests.
notjstanothrmom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Heroin? HEROIN?

Jeeze... Yes, I think they should have to take a drug test for fricken heroin... idiots.

nelopyma
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I'm assuming drug testing is part of the contract, so I think the school has the right to demand it.  However, if I were a teacher with the backing of a union, I would use lawyer representation, the same as I would in any case where my performance and/or integrity was called into question.

mom4awesomekids
by Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Yes.
Enfj66
by New Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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Quoting nelopyma:

I'm assuming drug testing is part of the contract, so I think the school has the right to demand it.  However, if I were a teacher with the backing of a union, I would use lawyer representation, the same as I would in any case where my performance and/or integrity was called into question.

Why would a teacher who wasn't using drugs need a lawyer or their union? Why woudn't they just take the drug test?

lady-J-Rock
by Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM
Every job I have ever had did random and not so random drug testing. I think they found the heroin user.
nelopyma
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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Quoting Enfj66:


Quoting nelopyma:

I'm assuming drug testing is part of the contract, so I think the school has the right to demand it.  However, if I were a teacher with the backing of a union, I would use lawyer representation, the same as I would in any case where my performance and/or integrity was called into question.

Why would a teacher who wasn't using drugs need a lawyer or their union? Why woudn't they just take the drug test?

For the same reason that a person being questioned by police might opt for a lawyer, even if he's done nothing wrong.  The option is there.  If I were a teacher, there'd be no chance in hell that heroin would belong to me, but I'd protect myself by having a lawyer in that case.

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