Fort Stockton ISD Considering Drug Testing Program 1/24/14
January 24th, 2014
Fort Stockton, Tx
Fort Stockton ISD is considering a new drug-testing program.
They say the school district doesn't have a drug problem, itís just another tool to protect students.
Students in sports like football could be drug tested next year.
Itís a new program officials say could help kids avoid peer pressure.
"It gives kids a chance to say no," said Fort Stockton High School Athletic Director Derrick Taylor.
Students in all extra curricular activities from the football field to academic bowls will be tested. School officials say the don't know what the program will cost yet, but they say it will be part of the district budget.
ďWell, you cant necessarily go after the whole school just because of a few," said Fort Stockton student Michael Garza.
Students I talked to feel the policy would be misplaced.
"Spend it on something else like more education or something. Or open more programs for students that care about education," said Mark Chelaya, a high school student.
However, Taylor says itís money well spent.
"We don't need to live in a box because they're here. It would just be another tool in our arsenal to have drug testing," he said.
Punishment for a positive test is being worked out, but will likely lead to suspension from activities. For the district, itís another way to make Fort Stockton a drug free campus.
Superintendent Ralph Traynham created a committee to come up with a policy. Their report will be available in about a month.