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June 26, 2009 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: MRK

I'm glad the supreme court voted 8-1 against that strip search of that poor junior high girl whom the school suspected of carrying ibuprofin. I mean seriously, ibuprofin?

What scares the daylights out of me is that I believe I might literally have died had I been forced to attend a school with an insane zero tolerance policy. I have asthma, and before the days of Merck's (whose stock I own) Singulair, it was not very well controlled asthma. I had to use a maintenance inhaler several times a day, and it still didn't keep me from reaching for my rescue inhaler on a far too frequent (and mostly unpredictable) basis.

I don't know that I would have made it to a nurse's station during a severe attack. Heaven knows what would have happened had I got there, wheezing and blue in the face, only to be told "sorry -- you're going to have to sit there until we get hold of your folks."

I understand that some drugs are bad in any quantity, others are bad if not being used to treat a specific condition, and still others are bad in high doses or if modified in some way. And I also understand not wanting to force school officals to become pharmacologists in order to determine whether or not students are doing dangerous or illegal activities.

But seriously, there has to be some semblance of common sense. Otherwise people will die because of (rather than in spite of) stupid policies.

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#1) On June 26, 2009 at 2:40 AM, starbucks4ever (98.50) wrote:

Are you serious? Ibuprofen is just a pain reliever like Tylenol or Acetaminophen. Someone should be fired for making up idiotic rules...

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#2) On June 26, 2009 at 6:56 AM, ralphmachio (26.24) wrote:

You mean you didn't see it heading in this direction?  People, what were you so concerned about while they were busy taking your freedom away?   

 

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#3) On June 26, 2009 at 8:37 AM, rofgile (99.32) wrote:

Zero tolerance = zero thinking.

 Seriously, strip searching a girl on the word-of-mouth that she might have Ibuprofen???

 I would really like to see everyone involved in this fired, out of the school district, and perhaps doing 6 months or some community service.

 Hopefully she can file a nice civil suit now against those involved. 

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#4) On June 26, 2009 at 8:40 AM, rofgile (99.32) wrote:

Wait - just saw the fine print..

"The justices didn't rule out strip searches for more dangerous contraband or based on a more specific tip. They made clear they weren't "second-guessing" the school's no-drugs policy. Seven justices ruled that school officials couldn't be held personally liable for damages, despite their actions, though the district itself might be. Nor did the majority even mention the term "zero tolerance."

THat ruling is a fail - doesn't challenge the zero tolerance policy, doesn't hold the officials liable. 

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#5) On June 26, 2009 at 8:40 AM, lemoneater (77.43) wrote:

It is scenarios like this that make some parents consider homeschooling when their children have unpredictable health problems. Nobody I have known has ever been able to schedule an asthma attack. There has got to be a better way to discourage illegal drug use than this. I'm sure that there is more to the story at that school. I wonder what kind of an actual drug problem the school has.

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#6) On June 29, 2009 at 6:12 PM, BGriffinFlTiming (< 20) wrote:

One sure sign of impending death (as related by a respected authority) is that time goes by 'really, really, really, really, reallly slow'.

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#7) On June 29, 2009 at 6:16 PM, BGriffinFlTiming (< 20) wrote:

 

 http://www.youtube.com/v/Gwfe5lH1n9Q&hl=en&fs=1&"> name="allowFullScreen" value="true">http://www.youtube.com/v/Gwfe5lH1n9Q&hl=en&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"> 

 

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#8) On June 29, 2009 at 6:17 PM, BGriffinFlTiming (< 20) wrote:

ARG.... what am i dooing wrong?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwfe5lH1n9Q

 

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