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Texas District to Drug Test Students Ages 12 and Up

a urine specimen is being labeled for screening
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By    |   Thursday, 25 July 2019 03:16 PM

A Texas school district will conduct drug tests on students as young as 12 if they want to participate in sports or any other extracurricular activities, CBS local affiliate DFW reports.

The Bushland Independent School District will drug test any students in grades seven through 12 who participate in sports, clubs, the school band, or sit on the student council.

Additionally, students that gain a permit to park at the high school also must submit to drug testing. Despite the increased detection measures, Superintendent Chris Wigington told ABC affiliate KVII that the district does not have a drug problem.

“We’ve discussed drug testing policy for about a year now and the board wants to be proactive,” Wigington said. “They want our kids to have a drug free environment, we want our kids to make great decisions.”

“If they’re interested in athletics, if they’re interested in drama, if they’re interested in band -- any of the things that we offer extracurricular, it gives them an opportunity to say NO to peer pressure and say ‘I’m not going to do that because I want to participate,” he added.

“There isn’t an apparent drug problem, but that isn’t to say that kids across the nation are not being introduced to drugs and getting into drugs,” said Assistant Superintendent Angie Watson. “We’re just trying to be proactive. We’re giving them a reason to not do that.”

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