The Vernonia School District of Oregon adopted the Student Athlete Drug Policy which authorizes random urinalysis drug testing of its student athletes. James Acton, a student, was denied participation in his school's football program when he and his parents refused to consent to the testing.
I picked this case because often times students feel as though they have a right to deny drug testing which they can, they just become ineligible for that activity. This case impacts many schools because sports are one of the most common extracurricular activities. It is important for students to understand that as an athlete you are subject to certain testing which does not violate the 4th amendment.
As an elementary teacher this doesn't specifically apply to me, but I would make sure the student is aware that their rights are in no way being violated and that if they want to participate in the sport they have to take the test just like everyone else. Drugs can impact a students performance during sports and cause severe bodily damage to that player or opponents.
Diversity is important to remember when handling situations such as this. Something to remember is that urban, low income schools are going to be more at risk for drugs than a rural, small schools. If the schools institutes drug testing, all students are subject to it no matter their gender, race, or economic status.
To incorporate technology, teachers can use informative, interactive websites that explain how dangerous the use of drugs can be and how they influence the mind. Once students have studied the topic, they must group into teams and create a skit to enact how drugs effect people and the damage caused.
Being open with students and explaining that everyone is subject to drug testing, the effects of drugs, will help students understand why being drug free is beneficial and how it could make them a better athlete when drug free. Drug testing allows for early detection and intervention,students have a built-in reason to resist peer pressure, a well-known reason why kids experiment with drugs,schools are fulfilling their duty in promoting a safe and drug free environment, and it increases chances for students to have a successful future. By explaining upfront, students are less likely to feel as though their rights are being infringed upon. The use of technology and activities involved allow students to visually see the mental and physical impact of drug usage.