WTF! National soft on drugs?

I predict that there will be a caucus backlash over this policy announced late on Thursday by Hekia Parata. There is already a backlash from School Principals, which normally I would have a crack at but in this case the Principal’s are dead right and Hekia Parata and her Education ministry officials are dead wrong.

I never thought I would see the day when I would be a member of a party that wouldn’t put drug dogs into schools. Since when has the National party been “soft on drugs“?

A law change to ban schools from drug testing students will “seriously dent” the ability of teachers to stop drugs entering the school gates, the principals’ union says.

The Education Amendment Bill, which was introduced to Parliament last week, would ban schools from using drug sniffer dogs or requiring students to undergo a drug test.

Secondary Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh said parents would be outraged by the change.

“Prohibiting the use of drug dogs in schools, and stopping schools from drug testing students who have been caught using drugs in schools to ensure they’re clean, will seriously dent our capacity to stop the scourge of drugs in our community from entering our school gates,” he told Radio New Zealand this morning.

“I think the public and parents would be outraged at this because the overarching principle is we want our schools to be drug-free.”

Mr Walsh said the law change would give schools “very little” power to detect drugs.

The headlines should be screaming that ‘Nats send drug dogs into schools’.

As I said the feedback I am receiving suggests that the next caucus meeting is going to be very, very testy. Expect Hekia Parata to do a flip-flop on this. This sort of liberal panty-waist soft cock attitude has no place in policy from the National Party.


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