scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Zero Tolerance
Robert Blau (rblau@ECLIPSE.NET
Wed Mar 22 2000 - 13:17:39 CST
>> Under Texas State Law, no student shall possess, use, transmit, or be under
>> the influence of any narcotic, drug, hallucinogenic, amphetamine,
>> barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, steroid, toxicant inhalant or
>> other intoxicant (as those items are defined by law) or over-the-counter
>> drugs on school grounds or at school activities, functions, or events. This
> Well, now, that's pretty broad. AS QUOTED, it prevents a student on
> Ritalin, a student on antibiotics, a diabetic on injectable insulin, or one
> taking aspirin for a headache, or even, one who has just had a tetnaus
> boaster, from attending school.
> OK, say I can handle the concept.
> So the parent either forces the child to go to school and risk expulsion,
> or the parent keeps the child home and faces prosecution under the
> mandatory attendance laws?
Well, what is supposed to happen is that the drugs ought to be kept by the
School nurse and not by the student. Still, I have heard of cases of severe
suspension or expulsion for violations of this policy when the offending
drug was a legal over the counter substance like aspirin or a cold remedy.
I have no problem with the no over the counter drugs rule. When I was in
school we were not allowed to eat paste or smell the blue "ditto" sheets.
The question is what do we do with someone who violates the rule.
Suspension for an aspirin. I hope not.