So. Boone Debates Drug Testing
Proponents of random drug testing at Southern Boone High School just want to give their kids an out. They hope drug testing is reason enough to say "No."
"I don't think there is any true measure of success, because the measure of success will be the kids that say 'NO' at those parties," said parent Jeff Branch. " And we'll never know that, we'll never know the students that it touches."
He hopes no students are caught but believes drug testing is an important deterrent.
The school board will vote on the drug policy on May 14.
If the policy goes in affect all students involved in school-sponsored extra-curricular activities and students getting parking permits will be subject to random drug tests.
"Hopefully they'll say no and say they've got things at stake," said athletic director Pat Lacy.
Students have mixed feelings about the test. Some say it's a good idea while others say it's a violation of privacy.
"I've talked to my daughter about it and she thinks its a good idea, so when your kids say its a good thing how can you as a parent say its not," said Branch.
Letters were sent home to parents Wednesday so that the school can get everyone's input. Parents are encouraged to read the letter and the proposed drug policy then send their opinions back to the school.