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Struthers moves forward with drug testing



Published: Tue, June 18, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.

Open forum will be held with regular meeting on July 16

STRUTHERS

The Struthers Board of Education will have an open forum to discuss drug testing for student athletes.

The forum will be during its regular meeting in July.

Members of the school district’s drug-testing committee, at a special meeting of the board in May, proposed a policy for student athletes in grades seven through 12.

The committee has since recommended a $20 up-front fee for the testing. If a student plays a second sport, he or she will pay an additional, but reduced, fee of $10. Playing a third sport will not incur another fee.

“The total they’ll pay for an excellent program to help keep them straight is $30,” said Joseph Nohra, superintendent. “I’ve received a lot of positive phone calls [about the proposed drug testing policy], and not one negative.”

Board members could approve the policy as soon as the July meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 16 at one of the district’s school buildings, to be announced.


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1shswildcat(9 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Way to set the standard, Struthers! I applaud this effort. This is an important aspect of teaching our kids at a young age that you can't "have your cake and eat it, too." And great support to the parents who are trying to keep their kids on the straight and narrow. The consequences of drug abuse need to start at a young age, unfortunately. This policy is great in that it makes our kids think more than twice before they say "yes" to destroying their futures. .

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2Aware(221 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

It's a great idea! Struthers schools have always impressed me. They lead the area in innovation - let's see if the other districts will follow! WTG Struthers.

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3LtMacGowan(652 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Whats next drug testing off all the students? I remember when being a student didn't mean you were guilty of being a drug addict until proven innocent.

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4Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Great idea. Now they have a choice. Use drugs and don't play sports or be clean and play sports. This will apply not only in sports but in life to. Nice way to teach young kids about choices they make in life. More schools should do this.

This is 2013 not 1980/90's, times have changed ltmac. Roll with the changes....

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5Aware(221 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

LtM - we all remember the good old days - they are long gone! If there is nothing to hide, I fail to see even the slightest problem. The 'just say no' concept is out of date, Agree with Lifes2Short. I'm guessing there will be some lame parent(s) making objections - same ones who allow their kids to dress, pierce, tattoo and bring forbidden items to school as they please in spite of the rules. Schools absolutely should set the policies as they see fit. The kids will survive! Playing sports is a 'perk' - decent grades and the ability to conform to guidelines should be required. If there are objections to these policies, they always have the option to not be on the team. Their choice.

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6Boar7734(66 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

All schools should move further than just athletes. Random drug testing should be made for all students and not just who are suspected of drug use. The superintendent and teachers should volunteer annually to have theirs and set an example. Remember drug testing is a requirement for most jobs today and does not violate civil liberties.

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7LtMacGowan(652 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

and thats why Id encourage all students to investigate the many, many ways to cheat and or fool Urine Analysis even the students that are clean. The simplest such solution would be just to freeze your own clean urine.

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8Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Instead of going through all the trouble and time and effort to try to cheat, wouldn't it just be easier to just not do drugs?
And in the end, who really suffers by cheating? You do, and only you, no one else. If your going to cheat on a drug test in high school, then you might as well forget about being a productive member of society, getting a job, being a trustworthy individual, etc. Common sense people, common sense....

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9LtMacGowan(652 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

No by flooding the drug testing industry with garbage that's how you choke off and wither this threat to personal privacy and liberty.

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10Boar7734(66 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Urine drug test cost less but only records drug usage for up to 4 days use. Hair testing cost much more but can record usage up to 3 - 6 months after usage. Where the safety of others is concerned hair testing should be used.

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11Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

ltmac

Personal privacy and liberty? I might be mistaken but I thought drugs were illegal? If you test dirty, do you get arrested? Not quite. That's liberty in itself right there. The worse that happens is you don't play sports or you don't get the job. If you were working with someone on drugs, would you feel safe? I know I wouldn't.

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12LtMacGowan(652 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

you probably already do and don't even know it.

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