Zionsville school board discusses random drug testing

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Alcohol and drug use among teens is an increasing concern and one school district discussed a policy to stop the trend in its tracks.

The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees has been discussing whether to implement random drug testing for high school students.

The idea has proven so controversial that the board decided at Monday’s meeting to table it for now and continue the discussion at a later date.

Board members had been considering implementing the drug testing next month. Under the policy, any students in grades nine through 12 who drive to school or participate in extracurricular activities would be subject to tests.

The district would conduct between three and seven unannounced tests per year. Administrators would collect urine samples from students to be sent to an outside lab.

The proposed program would be funded completely from vending machine and concession stand revenue.

"Trust definitely is a two-way street, and if I felt like if the administration doesn't trust me, I would not trust the administration to deal with these sensitive issues," Zionsville sophomore Spencer Bures said.

"As a parent, I don't have a problem with it because I may not see something, and they might find something that I don't know about and save my child," parent Lori House said.

Zionsville Community High School Principal Tim East said the discussion on random drug testing will continue.

Administrators will explore different details and determine if there is a better way to help students stay substance-free.

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