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    Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    A judge has ruled that drug testing for members of a school chess club is an invasion of privacy, and therefore unconstitutional. I happen to agree. If there is no probable cause, then forced drug testing amounts to unreasonable search and seizure.

    However, in light of this ruling, school administrators have been forced to find an alternative method in which they can determine if a student on the chess team is using drugs. It just so happens that I have obtained a copy of their manual for "non-invasive drug testing on chess club members".

    1) Is the student passing out face down on the chessboard? If yes, then further testing is required... a) Alcohol on his breath? If yes, then he has tested positive for alcohol. b) No Alcohol on his breath? If true, then he has tested positive for heroin.

    2) Is the student throwing chess pieces while screaming like a laughing hyena? If yes, then further testing is required... a) Student hallucinating? If yes, then he has tested positive for angel dust. b) Not hallucinating? If true, then he has tested positive for methamphetamines.

    3) Is the student ravenously devouring the chess pieces? If yes, then the student has tested positive for marijuana.

    4) Is the student breaking the pieces in two with his bare hands? If yes, then the student has tested positive for steroids. NOTE: In this case, the student should be removed from the chess team and encouraged to try out for baseball.



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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    It is a weird decision. Why should football players in school be forced to take drug tests but theater kids not? The theater kids take way more drugs in my opinion.

    There's probably not much going on in the chess club but if you're gonna make some extra-curricular activities open to drug testing you should do it across the board.

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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    It is a weird decision. Why should football players in school be forced to take drug tests but theater kids not? The theater kids take way more drugs in my opinion.

    There's probably not much going on in the chess club but if you're gonna make some extra-curricular activities open to drug testing you should do it across the board.
    Right now there is more stigma attached to steroids than there is for "other" drugs that kids may use.
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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    A judge has ruled that drug testing for members of a school chess club is an invasion of privacy, and therefore unconstitutional. I happen to agree. If there is no probable cause, then forced drug testing amounts to unreasonable search and seizure.

    However, in light of this ruling, school administrators have been forced to find an alternative method in which they can determine if a student on the chess team is using drugs. It just so happens that I have obtained a copy of their manual for "non-invasive drug testing on chess club members".

    1) Is the student passing out face down on the chessboard? If yes, then further testing is required... a) Alcohol on his breath? If yes, then he has tested positive for alcohol. b) No Alcohol on his breath? If true, then he has tested positive for heroin.

    2) Is the student throwing chess pieces while screaming like a laughing hyena? If yes, then further testing is required... a) Student hallucinating? If yes, then he has tested positive for angel dust. b) Not hallucinating? If true, then he has tested positive for methamphetamines.

    3) Is the student ravenously devouring the chess pieces? If yes, then the student has tested positive for marijuana.

    4) Is the student breaking the pieces in two with his bare hands? If yes, then the student has tested positive for steroids. NOTE: In this case, the student should be removed from the chess team and encouraged to try out for baseball.



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    Does the drug test involve legal drugs I wonder.

    It could be argued that cigarettes are performance enhancing drugs.
    Nicotine aids with focus.

    I'm glad they made the decision not to allow them to be tested because most chess players wouldn't do stuff like that.

    Why don't they test the sports teams for steroids?
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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    It is a weird decision. Why should football players in school be forced to take drug tests but theater kids not? .
    I think the reasoning is performance enhancing drugs. I doubt a stoned chess player will be performing all that well.

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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I think the reasoning is performance enhancing drugs. I doubt a stoned chess player will be performing all that well.
    This is anecdotal and probably atypical, but I do better at chess when I'm stoned. I take a lot longer, and sometimes between moves I have to remember what my overall plan was, but the whole game is more interesting, so I analyze each move more carefully and I'm a lot less prone to overlook something.

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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Why are kids getting drug tested in the first place? Testing for suspected steroids might be needed in certain circumstances, but that hardly is cause for a policy of testing all activities for all drugs.

    Drug testings is becoming way to common in our society. It has become almost a norm rather than exception. People should only tolerate such an invasion of privacy for important and compelling reasons.

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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I think the reasoning is performance enhancing drugs. I doubt a stoned chess player will be performing all that well.
    The hell I didn't....

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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I think the reasoning is performance enhancing drugs. I doubt a stoned chess player will be performing all that well.
    I don't know if it would help in chess but Ridilin and other attention defecit drugs may offer a mental advantage. In college I had friends who used such drugs so they could stay focused and study all night.
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    Re: Drug tests for chess club? Judge says no

    I do the caffeine all the time when I'm playing chess.

    Then after I start getting my ass kick I start doing the alcohol.
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