Crivitz High School is now amongst a handful of Wisconsin schools that randomly drug test students who are involved in extracurricular activities and/or park their cars on school property.
Supporters of the move say the testing will help identify students who are using drugs and may be at risk for greater trouble down the road.
“We have a growing drug problem in Marinette County and in talking with the police force and talking with school administrators and other conference athletic directors, I just felt that as a school we could do something to try to deter students,” Crivitz Athletic Director and varsity football Coach Jeff Dorschner told WBAY Channel 2 News.
Opponents say the drug testing is an invasion of privacy, but most parents the news station spoke with agreed with the new policy.
Testing will be done every two weeks in groups of five randomly chosen student numbers. Urine samples will be collected at school and tested immediately. Results will be confidential, and students will not be expelled, but their parents will be involved, the story continues.
If a test comes back positive, the student receives a code violation, has to sit out activities and attend counseling.
Additional Wisconsin high schools that randomly drug test students include Kimberly, Florence, and De Pere.