Auburn City Schools to start random drug testing

Auburn City Schools to start random drug testing

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Starting next school year, thousands of Auburn City Schools students could be randomly screened for drugs and alcohol.

School officials say the policy would help students, the community and could potentially even save lives.

Not every student would be required to be tested however. Only those students who are involved in competitive extracurricular activities would be tested if their random testing number was selected.

"We see the benefit in protecting and providing for the whole child. To that end, we make every effort to take care of a student physically, socially, emotionally and academically. This program and policy are in hopes that we can give students a great reason to say no the things that they should turn down," says Cristen Herring, Assistant Superintendent of Auburn City Schools.

The schools are considering testing 100 students every month during the school year at a cost of $25,000.

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