CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New for this school year, the Crestwood School District will begin drug testing all high school students that drive to school and all middle or high school kids that participate in extra-curricular activities. The school district has already been drug testing school athletes for several years.
According to the Record-Courier, the new policy started at the beginning of July. All middle and high school students will be tested before participating in any extra-curricular activity. Additionally, all high school students that drive to school will be tested for drugs. Those students will also be subject to random testing throughout the school year.
If a student tests positive, punishments may include suspension from the extra-curricular activities or a counseling program by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.
The purpose of the measure is to help the students make better decisions, according to school officials.
This school district is not the first in Northeast Ohio to require drug testing to certain students. Wadsworth, Medina, and Brunswick schools are some of the other schools that institute random drug screening. Advocates believe that drug testing in schools could save a life or steer students away from negative influences, but opponents say that it is costly and intrusive.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 36 percent of 12th graders admitted to using marijuana at least once in their life.