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Pros And Cons Of Drug Testing

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High schools and middle schools that offer competitive extracurricular, such as sports, clubs, or teams, required certain criteria before they let their students partake in said activity. While most schools request either a physical, average academic standings, or both, some school districts are implementing a third criteria, a drug test. Though not mandated by the government or even the state, some school districts believe it to be a crucial factor when determining the eligibility of a student. One instance, in which a school district incorporated a mandated drug test, resulted in a court case called The Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls. In 1998, a school district in Tecumseh, Oklahoma adopted the Student Activities Drug Testing Policy (Policy) which “required all middle- and high-school students…to submit urine for drug testing” (Linder). The school district created a drug testing protocol that involved the student collecting a urine sample under the supervision of a teacher. The teacher, who would be standing outside of the stall, would be present to ensure that the student could not tamper with their sample. If the results were negative as well as met the other requirements, the student would be cleared to participate in their extracurricular activity, but if the results came back positive, then the student would be recommended to a drug counselor, in which they have the potential to be reevaluated at a later
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