Thursday, May 7, 2009

Oh, I thought you said METH team

It's obviously empirically true that the "War on Drugs" in this country has been a miserable failure. This article, which appeared in Rolling Stone in 2007, does a fantastic job of explaining why. If you can think of any way in which it's been a success, please, do tell me. I'd like to know.

Anyway, as if you needed any more evidence, check this bullshit out.

A Northern California high school district's drug testing of students taking part in competitive, nonathletic activities - such as the chess club, math team or school band - is an unjustified invasion of privacy, a judge ruled Wednesday in the first case of its kind in the state.

Let's make sure we understand what we're talking about here. The Shasta Union High School District was drug-testing the motherfucking chess club. Nothing says chess like an 8-ball and a quart of Hennessey!

Jesus Christ. Is this what we've come to? Schools have nothing better to do than test kids in the chess club and the math team for drugs?

Another student, who was raising a hog for a competition as part of a class project, took a drug test - which was negative - after a school administrator threatened to remove him from the Future Farmers of America, the sponsoring group, the ACLU said.

Thank God the school tested this poor kid. God knows the last thing we want around our hogs are drug-addled Future Farmers.

No wonder our schools are shot to hell. They're more concerned with invading hapless students' privacy and wasting money on drug tests for the kids who are probably the least likely to be using drugs than they are with teaching fucking English and history. Think back to high school. Who was more likely to be blazing up in the parking lot at lunch, mathletes or the kids who weren't in any goddam club at all and are therefore not subject to testing? That's what I thought.

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