Second Forum on District's Random Drug Testing Slated for Feb. 5

A symposium, "Raising and Educating a Drug Free Community," will also be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27

A second community forum on the random drug testing program that the school district is considering will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the High School Media Center.

Earlier this month, the school board held its first forum in which school staff presented research and answered questions that concerned residents had regarding the program that the district is aiming to start in the fall of 2013.

“It’s a shame that the district even has to consider this but it’s time,” resident Regina Discenza said at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, adding that drug use is rampant in Lacey Township.

Discenza recently met a woman with a son her age, she said. At 47 the son has a serious heart problem due to drug use and is no longer eligible for a transplant.

“So all you invincible high school kids saying it won’t happen to me, it can and it will,” she said. “Illegal drugs will either kill you or shorten your life for certain, even if it’s just the happy weed." 

The program would test all students involved in an extracurricular activity and those with a parking pass. The district would not take punitive action if a student tested positive, Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower previously said.

More information on the program could be found in “Super: ‘We’re Losing Kids’ to Lacey’s Drug Problem.”

“So to who anyone who thinks the random drug testing is a bad idea, I say too bad,” Discenza said. “If every parent was doing their job, keeping their kids away from drugs, the school district wouldn’t need to do it.”

A symposium, "Raising and Educating a Drug Free Community," will also be held by the Municipal Alliance Task Force at Lacey Township High School on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

“It’s something we all struggle with if you have kids,” board member Maureen Tirella said. “You’re always looking for new ways to keep them safe and as you heard tonight, that’s what the school board’s looking at. They have been trying to keep our kids safe from drugs, safe from danger.”

To attend the community forum on the drug testing program, RSVP by Monday, Feb. 4 to Theresa McCarron at 609-971-2002 or via email at tmccarron@laceyschools.org.

Abby Normal January 24, 2013 at 01:09 PM
So where is the money coming from for this testing? Will the parents be made to pay and further, will the parents be present for the testing? Will there be a student advocate on staff for this process because due process must be followed.
Silver dollar January 24, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Abby.. Come to the Community forum on Feb 5 Th and get a answer to your 4 questions. Its only about a hour of your time .
tr January 24, 2013 at 05:19 PM
She will not show up Mr. Moss because it takes guts and conviction to do so. Her and others like her will just use this forum to whine and cry foul and continue to be useless members of our society. Show up if you want answers, it is that simple. Regina, Mr. Moss , Mr. Vacarro, and when in town ME all show up and state our views and ask the questions and we are just ordinary Lacey Taxpayers just like ALL OF YOU. As Mr. Moss said Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 7pm. Either be there or accept the outcome of the BOE's final desision without any of your ideas. The BOE members cannot take anything written in this news forum as testimony to be considered in a public meeting. If you all thought that they would, it just proves how clueless and useless you all are!!!!! Can't make the meeting, then send a letter to the Superintendant to be read at the meeting. I did and she did share my views with the committee , in public form.
AMAC January 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM
tr, you are a lil nasty aren't you. Someone using this forum as a means to get answers doesn't make them any less concerned about the issue than you. Maybe Abby works night shifts, or whatever. For you to assume that if you don't make the time for a meeting means you are "useless members of society" says all I need to know about you. In the end, whether the school board means well or not; it is another invasion into our privacy and another law that was originally made to protect us being cast aside for "the good of our people". I for one want to protect every right those before me died to provide me. As for this comment “If every parent was doing their job, keeping their kids away from drugs, the school district wouldn’t need to do it.” also shows how ignorant some of the masses can be. Do I want to hand over my parental responsibilities to the government because there are some parents that chose to take that role lightly? Do I want my child subjected to the humiliation of a drug test because he or she chooses to obtain a parking permit? I am not suggesting or stating that Lacey Schools does or does not have a real drug problem. I am stating that random drug testing for something that is required by the state (going to school) is unconstitutional and will have little impact it at all to limiting drug use in Lacey.
Robert Yates January 24, 2013 at 09:49 PM
This is not a question of due process. It would be if the students were being imprisoned without a trial. It is a question of searching and seizing without probable cause. The random nature of this proposal is so obviously unconstitutional, only a NJ lawyer or a Supreme Court justice could possibly perform the judicial contortions necessary to justify these programs.
Winston Smith January 25, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Is anyone considering an increase in the drop out rate or the suicide rate due to these so called tests? Even one suicide would be one more death then all the "happy weed" smoked in the last 100,000 years ever caused
Mortimer Snurd January 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM
The school board and educators should do what is necessary to improve The scores from the New Jersey Proficiency Assessment of State Standards (NJPASS) exam. Failing students make it easy to put blame somewhere.
tr January 26, 2013 at 06:45 PM
The use of the Lacey Patch to get INFORMATION to help understand the problems is a very good tool. The use of the Lacey Patch to get OFFICIAL ANSWERS to the problems is a USELESS WASTE OF A TAXPAYERS TIME. Make it official, like I said, and write the letter, to ask the questions if you can't or don't have the guts to go to the meetings!!! "AMAC" "nasty" , thank you for the compliment. How you know where I'm at, if you don't know where I been, you get where I'm comin' from. You ain't seen nutin' yet. Wait until the Municipal Alliance wants to envoke their methods of more unsuccessful methodology to resolve this problem and more tax dollars are wasted. Nice does not work in this WAR, "nasty" does.
ynot February 04, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I will ask again....Heather Scanlon, of the 40 drug overdoses in 2012. "There were six deaths associated with drug overdoses and two alcohol overdoses", how many were in Extracurricular activities include all clubs, teams and athletic programs ???
Duck Dynasty February 04, 2013 at 08:23 PM
tony tough guy?
Carol February 05, 2013 at 01:41 PM
You will never win the war on the drug problem! As a parent I have instilled in all three of my children respect your body....you only get one! My children dont smoke, no illegal drugs and no drinking.....there choice! We all want the best for our children no parent wants to see their child go down the wrong path. How many of you reading this defied your own parents growng up in some way or another? Does that mean your parents didnt do there job? Your all blaming the parents, maybe some DONT care, but a majority do! I have one child left in Lacey HS, go ahead drug test her, and while your at it, drug test the STAFF as well, lets see how many come up clean? As for the parents who have lost their children to drugs......God Bless You, I am sure you are all good parents!
tr February 05, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Almost 27,000 people in Lacey Township. I will be willing to bet that less than 50 people show up tonight at this meeting. Of the 50 less than 10 will have enough guts to stand up for what they believe and address the committee. I hope I am wrong. So, Carol, you are probably right, you cannot win a war without soldiers who are willing to fight. Maybe our children are trully DOOMED???
Mortimer Snurd February 05, 2013 at 10:17 PM
How many residents are students. Do you know our demographics? Are there outside agitators? Who is really at risk of becoming an addict? Is it the children, their parent/s, grandparents other relatives not attending our schools. Why show up to a meeting when, based on this blog, no one has meaningful information. I know, Alcoholic beverages are drugs, just check out the DUI stats. for Lacey. First step identify the problem without pointing fingers.
Lacey Resident February 07, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Agreed Carol!!! Parents influence their children in many ways but when it comes to drugs and being a teenager it is very difficult. Teenagers will break away from their parents ... many or I will even say most parents that have a teenager addicted to these pain killers then to Heroine are not at fault! Those who continue to point fingers at the parents obviously do not know these children or the parents! I thank the lord above everyday that my children currently are smart enough to stay away from drugs...but I am not naive to believe that it can't happen to my child! I will say again...Its about time! Test away! It gives the parents an additional tool to use in educating our children by making them accountable for their actions!!!


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