Students reject random school drug tests
GLADSTONE high school students are against the idea of introducing random drug tests in schools, believing it will not deter drug users.
Toolooa State High School Year 12 student Ben MacCarthy said he believed the issue of drugs was a bigger concern a few years ago.
'I know a couple of kids who experimented with drugs, but they don't do it any more because they're more concerned about their future,' Ben said.
Ben said students also knew random drug and alcohol tests were conducted for employees working at local industries.
'Drug addict kids know that if they're going to go for an apprenticeship the industries won't have them ? they'll take one look at them and say 'no' straight away,' Ben said.
He said school students were also less likely to take drugs before attending school, compared with experimenting at parties or on weekends.
'Schools have really cracked down on drugs and alcohol so kids who might've experimented before are less likely to now, and if they're going to do it they'll try it outside of school hours,' Ben said.
Emma Hickmott agreed, saying she believed drug users would not be put off if random tests were introduced in schools.
'I don't think they should introduce tests, because, apart from anything else, it's people's choice if they want to do drugs and it's not going to stop them if there are tests at school,' she said.