Now here’s a little story that really has no bearing on the grand scheme of life, yet I find myself compelled to write about it. On one hand I find it to be just another silly story that brings a smile to my face. But then there’s the other part of me that is angered immensely.
The premise of the story is quite simple. Wahlert Catholic High does not tolerate drinking at school events. To combat this issue, Wahlert tossed common sense out the window and adopted a rather brazen policy of guilty until proven innocent. Students before every school-sponsored event are to undergo a breathalyzer test before they will be admitted. To combat any legal challenges, the Catholic school has distributed consent forms to the parents of every student. Students from other schools who attend Wahlert High activities will also be required to sign a consent form and submit to being tested.
Since I graduated high school in 1992, I have seen a terrible trend emerging in the United States that has gone largely unopposed. School’s have enthusiastically thrown out common sense and have adopted horribly invasive and ignorant policies.
I’m sure many of you have heard of the recent zero tolerance policies in schools. Here are a few examples:
These policies do away with common sense and remove the school’s ability to handle cases on an individual basis. They have damaged youths for seemingly ridiculous offenses regardless of whether they were even at fault.
Schools have adopted other stupid policies like banning cell phones, placing metal detectors at entrances, and even banning traditional games like dodgeball. I’ll leave it to you all to debate these if you so desire.
But let’s go back to Wahlert Catholic High’s decision to presume that all their students are guilty of underage drinking before proven innocent. It just disturbs me at a fundamental level. Wahlert is treating their students like criminals and violating their basic human rights. As a parent I would not let my child be subjected to this sort of treatment. Of course as a parent, my children wouldn’t be attending a Catholic high school like this in the first place :)
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