Controversial Student Drug Testing Policy Passes

via MGN Online

A controversial drug testing policy passed in a 4 to 3 vote among Sharyland Independent School District board members.

Sharyland ISD students who participate in extracurricular activities are now subject to random drug testing.

The policy change allows random drug testing not for just athletes but anyone representing the school in extracurricular activities including choir, band and football.

The testing comes with an estimated cost of more than $100,000 per school year.

Superintendent Virginia Richter said the district wants to be proactive when it comes to the issue.

Under the new policy, some 350 students per quarter from 7th to 12th grade would be tested.