The Seattle Times' Opinion on "Public Forum" Student Papers


"But we say again it is a risky thing to give legal control of a high-school newspaper to students."

Seattle Times Editorial

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

High for the ACT, MME?

We received an email from a student that "a lot" of juniors came to school high for the three testing days. Since we obviously have no way to confirm this or know what he means by "a lot," we're just passing along his comment. He said that on any given day, there are always a few kids high, but it's kind of a joke to show up for testing that way and this year was no exception.

I don't know what the school could do to prevent this. But letting those kids stay at school and take the test doesn't help anyone.

It makes the "how to sell drugs at DHS" employment article a little less funny. See sidebar: "Dirty Dealing" by Kevin Yarows. (Firefox works better for the site than Safari)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

My daughter heard the same thing. Still just rumors, but if it's true, it's a shame.

Cornelius Hans III said...

Study high, test high, get high scores!

movieman9040 said...

well the real issue here is for the kids who made the choice to take an important test high- whether they're allowed to take the test or not isn't really the issue.

being high at school is an issue- if they were noticed or caught, they should be asked to leave. however, their behavior isn't about to "rub off" on anyone who observes this. anyone with a brain stem realizes that taking an important test high is a mistake. i don't see the wider social significance to this. issue

Anonymous said...

Indeed, this is a shame, but frankly it's nothing surprising. According to TIME Magazine, 42% of Americans have tried pot and the affluence of our country is cited as one of the main reasons. Dexter is a moderately wealthy community; the reason kids smoke pot is because, among other things, they are bored and rich, not because they read the school newspaper. Be grateful we live in a community this wholesome! I have read stories and heard personal accounts of much harder drugs being used in other nearby communities (stories include cocaine being used discreetly in Birmingham classrooms!). All of us (I assume) went to high school at some point in the past few decades, and as a DHS grad, I can say that it was the same way when I went there. Some kids are potheads, and blaming it on the paper diverts attention from other more serious issues with our society.

Anonymous said...

I heard that nobody comes to school high on testing days. Now we're even!

Anonymous said...

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1821697,00.html

This is the article I cited in a previous comment.

Anonymous said...

High school is a time for experimentation. we're not going to come out a bunch of drug addicts. get a life.

spt said...

You're the people who are embarrassing!

Anonymous said...

if people show up high, that's their problem. they're only hurting themselves you morons.

Anonymous said...

Movieman: agreed. Let's blame the students. The school just passes out the tests. Whether kids are high is between them and their parents. Like anonymous points out, 42% of people have tried pot anyway. I am glad it's pot and not cocaine.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it about 90 percent participation? So they can't send them home, even if they are going to totally screw up.