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Anthony Wayne Schools to randomly drug test students this year

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WHITEHOUSE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

In addition to pop quizzes and state exams, this year some students at Anthony Wayne Local Schools will be randomly tested for drugs.

Students in grades 7-12 who are involved in extracurricular activities or drive to school will be tested for tobacco and illegal drugs this upcoming school year.

"We want to give kids another opportunity to say no to drugs," said Superintendent Jim Fritz.

District officials say they'll use a computer program to randomly select students to be tested. They say approximately 20 percent of students involved in extracurricular activities or student drivers will be tested over the course of the year. Parents will also have the option to add their children to the pool of students who may be tested.

But not all parents like the idea.

"I don't think it's the school's place to randomly drug test the students," said Sarah Cope. "Why is it just the athletics? If drugs are that big of a problem, why don't you test everybody?"

Others were on board with the plan.

"Children have to have a consequence, just like adults," said Jennifer Carr. "If you're going to use illegal drugs, then just like adults, you lose out. You lose privileges."

The superintendent says if students do test positive, there will certainly be consequences and help available.

"We will try to work with students to make sure we rectify that choice," Fritz said. "We will work with them and their parents to see if they need any counseling, because at the end of the day, we want to help the students."

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