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9/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Will L-P implement random drug testing?

Elizabeth Edwards
NewsTribune Reporter

The La Salle-Peru Township High School district is considering implementing a new random drug testing policy for their athletes and students participating in extracurricular activities.
At the L-P school board’s policy committee meeting Thursday, D’Wayne Bates, director of athletics and activities, told the committee that drinking and drug abuse is growing nationally especially at the high school level.
After researching random drug tests at schools, Bates said testing can be used as an “out” for athletes who are dealing with peer pressure. He explained: Some students are afraid to say “no” to alcohol and drugs because they will not fit in, but random drug testing gives students an extra incentive or “out” to say no, he said.
Principal Deb Nelson researched what high schools locally and in the conference are doing for random drug testing, and she said most of them have an updated policy.
The school principals also suggested using an independent party to administer the test instead of personnel on staff.
“They removed the school personnel from the selecting process and testing process because it needs to remain loyal to exactly what it says it is,” Nelson said. “It is a random drug testing.”
Nelson emphasized the random drug testing would only be for those who play sports or participate in extracurricular activities not for all students in the school.
Superintendent Steve Wrobleski said L-P has a drug testing policy, but the policy has not been updated since June 1998.
The proposed policy includes performance drug testing and a “consent to participate” section. The consent to participate section requires students and parents to sign a form to allow their sons or daughters to be tested.
If a student and their parents refused to sign the consent form, they would not be allowed to play L-P sports or participate in activities, Wrobleski said.
Nelson said the “consent to participate” form is very standard of all the high schools she talked to.
There are three ways that the test can be completed, which includes a urine test with an immediate test on site, a urine test with the test being sent out or a hair sample. Wrobleski said the hair sample would be the most expensive. 
Currently, St. Bede Academy and Hall High School are using hair samples for random drug testing.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

The only question that need be asked is, why is it not being done now?
Why is there a question if it should be done?
Steroid and rec. drug testing should be done weekly, end of story.
Oh and by the way, include all coaches.

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous19647

All schools should do this.

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