By Michael Slother - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Beginning this fall, random drug tests will be given to Lubbock-Cooper students from 7th to 12th grades involved in extracurricular activities. If a student is on the math team, the football team, or even the band, they will be tested.
Student athletes like Beka Brown think the decision was long overdue. "It's a good thing, I thought it needed to happen a lot sooner."
Deputy Superintendent Thom Vines and his staff want to make sure the students are making smart decisions and keeping safe. "These kids in our extracurricular activities represent our school and the board decided that these kids better be drug free," Vines said.
The first offense means suspension from the activity for a week and counseling. If a student is caught a second time, they will be suspended from the activity for a year. A third offense will ban the student from participation. "The real hammer, so to speak, comes that second time. You know they can't say it was a random mistake or something like that," said Vines.
Brown says it's not fair that students using drugs be on any kind of team. "There's plenty of people that get cut that don't do drugs that would love to be on the team, instead of people who do drugs and get caught and stay on the team."
Brown is also glad to see the tests apply to all extracurricular activities, not just sports. "A lot of people say that it's just athletes that do drugs and everything, but its a lot of people," she said.
Vines thinks that this will make students think twice, and wants to send a message. "Participating in extracurricular activities is a privilege not a right," said Vines. He also thinks this will give students an out if they feel pressured. "If they are at a party for instance, and somebody says 'let's smoke some marijuana' the kid could say, 'I can't, I could get tested next week.'"
Each student will be tested at least twice, and Vines anticipates giving around 3,000 tests. They cost about $10, but will be paid for by the district. "We want these kids to be safe and we think the drug policy helps them do that," said Vines.
This new drug testing policy will be fully explained to parents and students prior to the beginning of the school-sponsored extracurricular activity in which the students are to participate.
The LCISD Board of Trustees is implementing this policy for two primary reasons:
LCISD IMPLEMENTS RANDOM DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
At a Special Called meeting on August 2, the Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees adopted a drug-testing policy for students in grades 7 - 12 who participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities.
Listed below are the relevant details of this new policy:
For more information contact JoEllen Henderson, Director of Public Information.
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