Missouri School to Cut Kids' Hair for Drug Test
60 strands will be cut from students—and participation is mandatory
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 6:45 AM CST
A Jesuit high school in Kansas City will require all students to submit to random drug tests, beginning next academic year.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – One Kansas City high school is taking the war on drugs to the next level. Beginning this fall, Rockhurst High School will require students to submit their hair for random drug tests, reports KSHB. In a somewhat bizarre-sounding process, a staff member who happens to be a barber will cut about 60 strands from randomly selected students' heads or bodies. The Jesuit institution will then test for everything from cocaine and PCP to pot and signs of binge drinking; the test is said to be able to identify consumption in the last 90 days.

Positive tests will result in the student's guidance counselor bringing in the parents and student for a discussion, to "get him help if necessary," says Rockhurst's principal. The school administration will not be informed of positive tests nor will universities find out. "Nothing prohibits it," the legal director for the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri tells CBS News. "But it is a colossal waste of money."

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Feb 9, 2013 5:57 PM CST
I can not imagine parents of a child they love not caring more about their health and their life than about the price of privacy violations by random drug tests in school. Apparently, they have not accepted the fact that the drugs the kids are experimenting with for recreational purposes are insidious, available in every school and neighborhood, easily consumed in secret, extremely addictive, and capable of screwing up the child and destroying the families. The teenage years are the most vulnerable to peer pressure, curiousity and believing they are immortal. What is the old question, "When can you tell if a teenager is lying? When their lips move"! Do the parents who have raised teenagers deny that? Honestly, now! For the parents who are too proud to lose a scant amount of their dignity, if god forbid the secret is out that their child is using drugs, should compare it to the parents who have already lost children because of drugs and they did not know it in time to get help before their child became another addict, let me assure you there is no comparison...And I resent the fact that "proud" people with all their claptrap can prevent positive changes in what is the most troubling threat to our kids in their lifetime. Something is not working, so let's try another approach and hopefully have results of which we can truly be proud. Or do we just go on as usual, as we have done for two generations and watch the casualties add up? The constitution says a lot of things, but Thomas Jefferson put it best when he said: “Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.”
Feb 1, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Thousands of Americans are already subject to random drug testing as a requirement for employment. How is this fundamentally different from that?
Feb 1, 2013 4:16 AM CST
Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Rd. , Kansas City MO 64114-3299 816-363-2036 www.rockhursths.edu