When you represent your school in sports you should be randomly tested.
In my opinion, this sounds like you are holding athletes to a higher standard than the average student? This comment really surprises me with your extreme conservative nature. In my mind, I have no problem with random drug tests for the student body, but why only athletes. Are they the only ones who have problems with drugs? Any student who takes a standardized state test is representing his school by far more important means than on the athletic field. Is the kid that aces chemistry class but fries his brain with his friends on the way home any less important to be caught and saved from destruction?
You know as well as I do athletes are treated much better and the discipline is much more lenient. If you can put it in the hoop, hit the ball with a bat, run fast, kick the ball or can run through the line and make people miss. You will get preferred treatment from the entire administration!! And if you are really good you will be treated like a king or queen!!
I can tell you, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I was not afforded any special treatment, nor have I seen anything but strict enforcement of rules to student/athletes at the school I attended and coached at. I have seen time and time again kids being sat down from athletics because of disciplinary action for grades or other behavioral circumstances. I have also used and seen many times where the threat of losing participation time will generate additional effort in the classroom. But no rules are bent and no coach that I have ever played for or coached with ever went to a teacher and asked for leniency. Period. Does it happen, surely... but NOT FOR EVERYONE IN EVERY SITUATION as you are implying. Also, I don't think it happens any more for student-athletes than any other students.