The Hong Kong government insisted to go ahead in implementing the school drug testing scheme despite a growing concern over its violation of children's rights. The pilot scheme will involve 23 schools in Tai Po district (Northeastern part of Hong Kong) in coming December. Under the government proposal, parents will sign for children under 18 to give consent for collecting urine samples at schools.
However, privacy commissioner Roderick Woo Bun challenged the proposal and pointed out that guardians had no authority to give consent on behalf of a minor. Hong Kong Bar Association also pointed out that the government proposal is self-incriminatory and has violated children's rights. The Catholic church criticized that the drug test is against the principle of love and trust in education.
The making of drug addict suspects
Even though there is no scientific proof of the effectiveness of school drug testing, the government still wanted to push it forward. The Chief Executive Donald Tsang said:
Those were the days pointed out the danger of such logic:
Charles Mok elaborated the argument and pointed out that the scheme is an excuse to discipline obedient citizenry:
Government against its own law
It is quite obvious that the school drug testing scheme is in conflict with existing laws and regulations, which makes the Secretary of Justice Wong Yan-Lung's role in the campaign more problematic. Neoak pointed out that as the head of the judiciary, Wong should have warned the government of the legal implications of such policy, rather than telling unprofessional lie in front of the media:
由於校園自願性驗毒計劃過於粗疏，惹來社會上廣泛的批評，政府面對如此局面，未有從善如流，反而更加著力去推動計劃，以為可以借著於暑假期間多宗學生濫藥 的事故，沿用在豬流感疫症早期證實有效的「恐慌式公關手段」，霸皇硬上弓，甚至不惜要身為律政司司長的黃仁龍粉墨登場，親身上前線向傳媒解畫，強調「推行 禁毒刻不
Where's the public consensus?
Although the government claimed that it has public consensus for the policy (even though there is no public consultation document issued so far) and campaign propaganda have penetrated all major mainstream media, the public opinion in the Internet tells another story:
In the facebook, 1,122 members have joined the group: Respect young people! Protest against the compulsory school drug testing political show! （尊重青年人！強烈抗議「假自願、真強逼」校園驗毒大龍鳳！）While the group supporting drug test only has 43 members.
My first reaction is: if students have to test urine, the top government official should test their brain!
Leflamme posted a comic at inmediahk.net to mock at the drug test scheme. The comic depicts school life as: sharing of homework, food and then urine!