Hi, I'm Freddie Frey, an 11th-grade student at Loyalsock Township High School.
This is a wake-up call to most parents and the school board at Loyalsock Township. Heads up, you need my help, you're off your path; misguided somehow with good intentions in mind.
Sometimes it takes a smart student with a little common sense to help you out.
Our school is starting a military Gestapo-like random drug testing, except, it's not random. It's only for the students who are in sports (extra-curricular activity) and those who drive.
The heck with the kids who don't contribute their skills - they are exempted by discrimination! The rules state that if a student tests positive, the child will be counseled and educated and is not intended to be punished.
That's interesting, considering some of the coaches already stated that any student who tests positive will be benched for the whole season. How's that for following the rules?
Now some students could become suicidal or want to quit school. Everyone knows kids like school for lunch, sports and clubs. It's not rocket science. So what are parents going to do who signed the consent form? The school is not liable for any test results or outcomes as a result if the test is positive.
So what are you going to do when it's your kid who gets harmed from drug testing. Nothing? Because you can't to anything. Or if your kid tests positive for eating a simple poppy seed muffin. Sucks for them, right?
It's much worse than you think for students whose parents were smart enough not to sign the consent form. They are now punishing these students by taking away ALL extra-curricular activities. They will punish us until we cry - then our parents will sign it. Not!
I've begged my parents daily, reminding them I can't be in jazz band, ski club, Christian Club or drive. I might as well not exist - I hate school now. I get the same answer every day.
I keep asking myself, "W.W.J.D.?" (What Would Jesus Do?) He would say, "pick up your cross and follow me, simply let your yes be yes and your no be no." My mom says Jesus would not allowed himself to be tested - he would not have said a word. You are being rendered guilty having to prove yourself innocent. Then she reminded me to remember the basketball player from her school.
In my mom's grade, there was a basketball player. Her school used similar antics - the grade-point average had to be a "C" or higher to play sports. This star basketball player lived for basketball. School was tough for him; academics was not his strong point. God gave him the gift of height and flight. He couldn't make the grades, so he was kicked off the team. The school lost a talented player and a friend that day. He quit school and alcohol became his new game.
Jesus talked in parables, so I thought I will simplify the whole giant mess for you with my own. You have a school with principals, teachers and students. Some might suffer from gluttony.
Oh, no! Some might not be eating healthy foods. Oh, no! Some are bigger yet, could they possibly have cholesterol problems? That leads to heart disease, high blood pressure, blindness and maybe even an early death. That's a bad example for kids, isn't it?
So put the kids on a scale, call the doctor and take their blood pressure. But if their parents don't allow it, should we simply exclude them from eating lunch? And if they fail, should we put them on the bench because they're too fat to play sports.
No, we should give them counseling on how to lose weight and eat proper. Singling out a student for any reason is bad. Most schools are filled with computer addicts and texting junkies. It's a different world today. Leave it up to the parents to "parent" - the "children's will" will determine if he or she will succeed in life.
Instead of all this nonsense, the school should supply free drug-testing kits. Any parent who is interested and can't afford the over-the-counter price could simply go and pick one up.
Then, the children can be tested confidentially with their own parents, who can deal with them at their own discretion.