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Should Northport High School Conduct Random Drug Sweeps? [Poll]

District policy required to include language addressing the Dignity Act in their codes of conduct.

Before narcotics sweeps can begin in , the police department requires that schools notify all parents and legal guardians in writing of the district policy.

Lawyers are currently reviewing district policy as well as the Code of Conduct, which now must also comply with New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) which seeks to provide students with an environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property. The Dignity Act was signed into law on Sept. 13 and 2010 and takes effect on July 1, 2012.

Boards of Education are required to include language addressing the Dignity Act in their codes of conduct. Schools will also be responsible for collecting and reporting data annually on incidents of discrimination and harassment.

Once the legal review is over, the Board of Ed will have two readings of the policy and Code before adoption. See the full article .

Do you agree with the drug sweep proposal? Vote in our poll or tell us in the comments.

Bob April 18, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Wish they did this when my sons were in the school. Pills available all the time. Its for the students safety, enough with the students rights. Drugs are illegal !!! If everyone is notified, its no secret that the students may be searched, therefore if they get caught they deserve to get caught, and maybe it will help the student and prevent the student from overdosing, getting hooked, or getting hurt in a car crash.
Jane Reich April 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Sad but necessary to ensure everyone's health & safety.
Jason Molinet April 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I grew up in Florida. Drug sweeps were common.
John Mancino April 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
It's amazing how concerned we are to protect the drug dealers. Start now!!!
Chris F April 18, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Simply stated and correct. The one caveat is there needs to be appropriate intervention taken if drugs are found. Compassion and the need for re-direction should be 1st course of action
John April 19, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I personally know of a former student who, as a young adult today, still brags about how much he made selling ecstacy, oxycodone, percacet and other pills at Northport High School. He says his salary today working as a union employee comes nowhere near what he was making in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades at Northport High School. Certainly, not something to be proud of. Parents need to realise its rampant in our schools and has been for years. Don't live in denial, and don't be fooled thinking "oh yes, but my child would never...".
East N'ptr April 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The drug sweeps were proposed in September...why is it taking so long to implement this? Maybe the once gifted, brilliant 9th grade honor student who now comes to class high on a regular basis (this, according to my high school kid who was her friend), wouldn't have started on drugs if these sweeps had started sooner.
Christina M. Whelan April 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Do them randomly. Maybe if they weren't informed there wouldn't be as big of a problem as there is and has been for many years at Northport
Northporter April 19, 2012 at 09:14 PM
So how would everyone feel if the government made random drug searches of houses or automobiles or just people walking down the street. No, I think not. From what I've seen and read, common sense does not usually prevail, and the girl that has some midol in her locker ends up getting suspended. Just because you legally can do these searches does not make them right. If you have specific information on a student selling drugs in school, by all means do a drug check, but random checks are not the way to go.
John Mancino April 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Because we don't want to upset or offend the drug dealing kids or there parents
John Mancino April 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
See, Northporters comments are the reason we can't get the drugs out of "DRUGPORT" Highschool. Northporter, school policy says all medication goes through the school nurse
Bob April 23, 2012 at 01:49 AM
What do you suggest then Northporter?? Have you ever had to deal with your child on drugs? My kids were good kids, varsity athletes, and they did drugs with other athletes and honor students while in northport hs, I would do anything to have stopped my kids from doing drugs, I tried everything at home. Parents need to be aware and responsible, but so does the school. Parents need to stop protecting their kids and admit that there is a problem Marijuana is illegal, too many parents think its ok that the kids are smoking pot. Pot does lead to other drugs, wake up ! Students should be protected from drugs, not worrying about their rights !
Bob April 23, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Exactly John ! No meds are allowed in school with out a written doctors order, its a nys regulation. Northporter has to wake up ! And I would not object to random drug checks, drugs are illegal. Many professions get random drug tests. Is it " not the way to go " ?? Cops, fireman, Home depot employees, etcc. all get tested. Should this be outlawed? Only druggies need to be worried about random drug testeing. Everyone needs to responsible for their actions. If your not doing anything illegal than you wouldnt mind random drug testing. What do you think Northporter?
nptlocal May 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Bob just because kids got addicted to Xanax just like every other unintelligent lax bro who attends Northport High School does not mean that every kid who has tried marijuana is a raging dope head. Even though its illegal, maybe your kids would have learned a thing or two if instead of getting high on pills with other athletes and honor students, they tried a little marijuana. The fact of the matter is drugs are everywhere you go in this world and passing this policy will definately ensure that tons of High School kids are going to be kicked out of school/ arrested for having small amounts of drugs, however the big time heroin and other drug dealers who are responsible for taking the lives of many Northport graduates will still flourish. If our children are going to make the decision get high there is really nothing we can do to stop them besides good parenting and talking to them about the dangers of drugs.
karen from East Northport May 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
If you're gonna sweep, I'm telling you Middle School is where it starts.
Bob May 30, 2012 at 02:12 PM
to npt local- so apparently you didnt play lax,so you are intelligent ? but thats besides the point. Marijuana does lead to other drug use, and it is just as illegal as other drugs that the "dope heads" are using. Having a small amount of drugs is ok? You should only get in trouble if you have large amts of drugs?? That is coming from an intelligent bro???? Little bit of drugs is the same as any amt of drugs. There should be no drugs in the school, no exceptions ! Parents can be the best parents and try everything at home, but good kids from good homes with good parents still get addicted. Maybe too many northport locals think its ok to smoke weed and let their kids smoke weed alittle bit. I am not a true northport local, maybe thats why I dont agree with your liberal drug port mentality! Keep smoking my friend. Hope you had the good fortune and luck that your child or children dont get addicted to anything and become a "dope head" or dare to play lax at npt hs., Wouldnt want the school to help parents control the drug problem. Wouldnt want a kid to get arrested for just having alittle heroin, or a little cocaine, or just a few pills, that would be terrible, it would be against their rights???? Wake up nptlocal !!
danielle distasi July 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
yes absolutely..better to sweep the school floors than to sweep the FUNERAL parlor floor....be strong..fight fire with fire...we must be aggresive at ridding the "drug problem" and removing temptations for our children. yes i agree we need to strong arm to win this batlle.

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