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Published: Friday, March 8 2013 1:18 p.m. MST

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Manny
Saint George, UT

Excellent idea! Way too many athletes have been getting away with recreational drug use over the years. Most do it because it's fun and they don't understand the long term harm it will have on them or their families. Many think "Hey, Oxycontin is a prescription drug, it's ok" ALL Utah school districts should be doing this. Penalty would be removal from team and then mandatory re-hab or counseling. Sounds shocking but they'll thank you later for that.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

Random drug testing should be mandatory for all school districts in the state.

clarkharris
LAYTON, UT

Do what is right and test ALL Students. It seems like a witch hunt to only pick certain groups. Test all or test none.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Why not all of the students? In my experience it was the "parking lot" crowd that was doing drugs, not the athletes or SBOs. They actually have a life and are trying to get into college by doing homework and being involved in school activities. They should drug test all students.

joseywales
Park City, UT

I agree that if you implement this, that it should include all students. A few years back, my old high school (not Park City) had some issues on one of their spring sports teams and although the kids, parents and coaches knew that some of the players were doing drugs, the administration said that unless the kids themselves admitted it, or they had video evidence, they couldn't just take the word of another player because that looked like they were trying to get rid of a couple of starters so they could get some innings. This would be a great step in the right direction, but maybe instead of random tests, they should just test the whole team. Make it a condition of the tryout, if you want to play, you'll do the test.

sallyjitterbug
Aurora, CO

I'm with Obama10, clarkharris, oatmeal, manny AND ALL OTHERS WHO AGREE for testing all students!

joseywales
Park City, UT

Obama 10- I wished it were still that way. Actually, I don't, I wished that none of these kids did illegal drugs. However, it does happen and yes, ALL groups, or cliques do it. It's as common to hear about athletes as it is "parking lot kids" doing dumb things. Having been around my kids (who were no way near perfect) as athletes and knowing their friends/teammates, I know that a lot of kids have issues with this.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Random testing??? Ok, so is the Davis District going to get permission from the parents?
Are they going to assume parents are all going to approve of pulling their kids out for a test for drugs of any other substance.
I think we need to randomly give the Davis School District administrators a random intelligence text.

Hoopfan10
Ogden, UT

I am a coach in the Ogden School District. All athletes are tested, and yes they need a paper signed by guardian.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Read the title of this article and I thought they were talking about drug testing the faculty which would be a more appropriate course since more teachers would be on drugs impairing their skills and leadership abilities. If a teacher can do drugs, even prescriptions, then they cannot and should not target the students.

It's doubtful that the school can force students to take drug tests without parental consent and being minors. Schools must not be allowed to perform medical procedures of any kind on students. Parents of athletes/student body should be required to have any of the listed target group tested by their personal family doctors and not left for the schools to maintain a medical record on any of the students.

Education is becoming too big and to oppressive and aggressive in how they are treating and tracking and over stepping their authority of activities of non education, stepping on parental rights. Education is not a branch of government with any right to impose laws and restrictions on students, this is why the students are going postal and attacking their peers and oppressive education system.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Random drug testing? Right!

What do you do? All children have a right to an education, and we'll spend more on programs to help those on drugs. Except for some harsh words, there won't be any punishment.

Oh, the ways we find to spend money.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Great. Another reason to jack up our property tax bills.

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