Texas School Requires Drug Testing for Extracurricular Participation
Article from Reason by Zuri Davis.
The Bushland Independent School District in Texas doesn’t have a substantial drug problem, but students as young as 12 will have to submit to drug testing if they wish to pursue their normal extracurricular activities.
Bushland students and parents have received a letter outlining the new program. Students participating in extracurricular activities or requesting a permit to park on campus will be tested at the beginning of the school year and could receive up to 10 random tests throughout the year. Under the new rules, the teams and clubs that will now require testing include “football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, golf, track, power-lifting, cheerleading, band, choir, theatre, UIL Academics, student council, lead council, FCCLA, robotics, VASE, speech and debate, FFA, chess, Ace Club, United Way Youth Council, gaming club, yearbook, Falcon Friends and 4H.”
If a student who consented to the first test then refuses to submit a saliva sample in a subsequent random test, the school will deem his or her test positive and will administer the associated consequences.
A positive test will be confirmed by a second test. Students will then have a two-day window to either challenge the results or provide a medical explanation. The district can request a student’s medical history from a doctor if it wishes to verify the explanation. If the positive result stands, students be suspended from activities, practices, competitions, parking, and social events held by the school. Students can appeal the decision, but the suspensions will stand during the appellate process.
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I believe they should KICK Rep. Rashida Tlaib out of office! She has no respect for this country and none of OUR President! We don’t like BIG mouths who try to run our country and don’t know the first thing about it. All these people think money falls from trees and we should pay what ever they want. Most of the true American’s have to pay for this and their free medical along with welfare and other not earned benefits! Before people like her are able to run for any office they should gain significant experience in that field FIRST before they run their big mouth!
I think it would be more appropriate to test Government Help Recipients nation wide!
YOU GOT THAT STRAIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, test members of Congress. Some appear to be perpetually on drugs.
I totally agree. Does anyone think that the madness transpiring in our country is due to drugs? DUH!
sounds to me like a dna gathering scam.
only someone with something to hide would say that.
it should be required of all students and staff.
This is a great idea that needs to be applied to everyone who works in this school district.
During my career, I was required to submit to drug testing periodically. This was done to insure safety, because I worked around high speed machinery.
Drug test all welfare recipients.
I fully expect the ACLU to take this one on.
What about those that are not involved in extracurricular activities? Random testing of all students in all schools is probably in order, especially with the current wave of ODs.
i dont have a problem with drug testing kids.