In the court of law, “all persons are innocent until proven guilty.” Yet, this rule does not seem to be in place at one high school in Louisville.
The process of random drug testing was implemented at this high school on January 3rd, 2017, after the school received complaints of prominent drug use among students attending there. Since January 3rd, the school has drug tested many students and has had success in catching student culprits.
Before every school administered drug test, each student is provided an opportunity to ‘confess’ anything that could appear on the hair sample taken and recorded for a drug & alcohol test. If a ‘confession’ is made, the high school office determines a punishment for the student before the results are in. If a student does ‘confess’ though, their punishment is lessened.
Recently, many students here who attended an open-invite Halloween party were brought in for testing, after the party was rumored to have alcohol. Two students in particular, are caught up in the flaw of this system, though. These two particular students confessed to participating in illegal activity at or around the time of the Halloween party, then had hair samples taken for drug testing.
The school administered a two-day out of school suspension for the two pupils. The punishment seemed fair until the story took a twist: both drug tests came back negative & the two had already served their out of school suspension.
In the court of law, these two students are innocent, even though they ‘confessed’ to school administrators.
Essentially, the suspension the two students served must be wiped clean from their transcript, and their two day absence must be taken off their record. This would be the simple and correct path to take, but at this point in time, this high school in Louisville, Kentucky has not made clear of it’s future plan of action.
One question must be asked through this messy and disappointing circumstance: does school administration have the right to punish students before the drug test results are conclusive? The answer is no. Not until the students are proven guilty.