Drug testing has become a part of professional sports; from the Steroid Era in baseball, the use of Human Growth Hormone in the NFL, to the recent stripping of all seven of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France titles, it seems that we can't go a week without a major story in the news or on Sport Center about illegal performance enhancers.
The NCAA, which runs all college sports in the United States, also tests for steroid use, as do some high school districts around the country... however the Milford, Pennsylvania school district has now extended drug testing all the way down to the Middle Schools and Junior High Schools... and it is not just for sports!
Kathy Kiederer's 12 year-old daughter was interested in joining the Scrap-booking club at her local middle school. When she signed up she was informed she had to submit to a drug test. In Milford, participation in any sport, academic club, or extra-curricular club now requires a clean drug test.
Some parents insist that such tests are unnecessary invasions of privacy, while other parents are applauding the school district for going above and beyond to ensure a clean and safe school culture. The concerned parents are claiming that the policy may be unconstitutional, however the Supreme Court has maintained that drug testing at the high school level is within the rights of public school districts... because of this Milford believes that there is nothing wrong with the testing of middle school students...
Where do you stand???