Your Privacy

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Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight.

Your privacy is the subject of this evening's Talking Points memo.  In just a few moments, we'll tell you about new airport security machines that can see right through everybody's clothes. And with all the groping charges being lodged, the situation is barely tolerable, pardon the pun.

And then there's the Supreme Court, deliberating on whether or not public schools have the right to drug-test students who participate in after-school activities on campus. Of course they do, and here's why.

The issue is not privacy, although the rights groups say it is. The issue is public safety.

Back in the Stone Age, when I was teaching high school, there were a few kids in my classes who were sniffing glue. That makes you groggy and uncoordinated, and some of these kids actually fell down on other students. Of course, these students denied ingesting the glue and said they were tired, you know, that kind of stuff.

I went to the principal and suggested that these kids be removed from the classroom and suspended. He wouldn't do it, because he said he had no proof. There were no drug-testing apparatus available at the time.

Now, believe me when I tell you that these glue-sniffers were a danger to other students and to the school itself. If they fell down and broke a leg, their parents could sue the school. If they gave glue to the other kids, you could have a mini-epidemic of stoned children.

These days, high school kids have access to substances far more powerful than glue, so you have a genuine public health threat in many public schools.

The courts have ruled that anyone arrested can be drug-tested, because the authorities need to know the state of mind of Americans taken into custody. The same rule should apply to public school students. The teachers need to know the state of mind of the students.

If there's a reasonable suspicion that a minor is intoxicated or is selling illegal drugs, then a drug test is not only the school's right, it is their obligation.

You simply cannot have inebriated students walking around a public school campus. Again, this is a safety, not a privacy, issue. Schools need to protect their students.

So the Supreme Court will most likely allow drug testing in after-school activities because those activities are optional. But all American public schools should have drug testing if there is reasonable cause.

Talking Points realizes this will offend the PC crowd, but once again, Points does not care. The children need to be protected against stoned classmates, and society has an obligation to make sure that is done.

And that's the memo.

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."

I've always been suspicious of beauty contests. Now I have proof to show you. Jemma Garcia got to the finals of the Ms. Spain contest. And although she's a nice looking woman, she was eight years over the age limit of 31, and she stumbled around on the runway during one of the competitions.

But Ms. Garcia had one big thing going for her, she bribed one of the judges, gave them $23,000. She did this as an undercover journalist. So there's your beauty contest deal. It is ridiculous.

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