- Washington State Government/ Laws
- United States of America
Have you ever had the suspicion your child was using drugs, and want to have them drug tested?
I did at one time; my son was 14. I called the Doctor's Office to make an appointment to have him drug tested, when I got the shock of a life-time.
The Nurse with whom I spoke told me that my son would have to consent before they would administer a drug test.
My first thought was "I am legally responsible for my child (ren) until he/she is 18, but if I want to have him/ her drug tested, he/she must consent, that is insane."
If my child (ren) is old enough to decide whether or not they have to take a drug test, then he/she is old enough to be held responsible for his/her own actions.
If I as a parent do not have a legal right to force my child (ren) to take a drug test, to be present in the room at the Drs office when the nurse/Dr. give them condoms, to know if he/she has an S.T.D., or A.I.D.S., or to know if my child is pregnant.....
Then I as a parent should not be held financially, nor legally responsible for any thing my child has done. (I.e. shoplifting, skipping school- truancy, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, assault charges, or any illegal crime of which my child may have committed, or commit.)
I as a parent will be responsible for my child (ren), when the law gives me the right to have my child take a drug test, whether he consents or not, to know if my child (ren) have an S.T.D., A.I.D.S., or become pregnant, etc.
The Review the Rights and Responsibilities of Parents petition to Washington State Government/ Laws was written by dahlia and is in the category Government at GoPetition.