Random Drug Testing For Kids in School Sports?
(01/09/07 -- CUMBERLAND COUNTY) (WTVD) -- On the floor Samantha Ramirez makes it look easy. In fact, the Southview Senior has a basketball scholarship next year. She knows random drug testing will be a part of her college life.
Ramirez stated, "We have high standards in the school and they look up to us and we need to set a good example."
If, as expected, Cumberland County School Board Officials approve the new drug policy starting next year, students taking part in any extra curricular activity will have to agree to random drug testing. Student athletes we talked with today don't have a problem with that.
Zach Polaha, a junior, stated, "It will keep the athletes from doing the drugs because they will want to play sports rather than do the drugs."
According to the policy, students will be randomly selected and tested for illegal substances, alcohol as well as unauthorized prescription, and over the counter drugs.
School officials say the goal is to create a safe learning environment and give students another reason to say no to drugs.
Brent Barker, a high school sports coach, stated, "I think the kids are doing the right things I hope they are, I don't think it will bother them and it certainly won't bother me."
Students who test positive could face anything from a one week suspension to a permanent ban.
Critics argue the random test could keep some students from getting involved in school activities, and is an invasion of students privacy.
Most students like Tanele Walker say they have no problem being tested.
Walker stated, "I think it's a good idea. Kids our age should not be doing drugs anyway. Basketball is a privilege not a right, so I don't think we should be doing drugs anyway."
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