WVa County's Schools OK Random Drug Tests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Keyser, W.Va. (AP) -- Students who drive to school or participate in extracurricular activities in Mineral County will soon be subject to random drug testing.

The county school board is contracting with Powell, Ohio-based Sport Safe Testing Services to perform random testing.

Each school will pay the $27 per test cost.

But if a student tests positive, parents will have to pay for follow-up screenings.

A student who tests positive will also be required to attend counseling and will not be able to participate in extracurricular activities for 14 days or drive to school for 90 school days.

Superintendent Skip Hackworth says the board plans to make a video and presentation explaining the policy to students and parents.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by parent Location: parkersburg on Jun 23, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    It is okay to force the students to do drug testing,what about the employees of the school system. I wonder how many would fell, a number that would surprize us all probably
  • by deb Location: pburg on Jun 23, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    this is wrong. of course we dont want the kids doing drugs but this is against their rights. you just have to trust them and leave that up to their parents to take care of. how would the ones making these laws like to have their rights taken away from them.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    This country is going all to hell. I hope these kids ban together and protest to this. There is no right to privacy by doing this. If you want no rights there are plenty of countries you can choose from. Get the hell out of this one!!!
  • by Molly Location: Parkersburg on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Shame on you people,how about a little respect and trust for our youth.Is this what we are teaching our youth about freedom.
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