Students may soon see random drug testing at Goodrich Area Schools

School Board President David Cramer in favor of drug testing student athletes

Published On: Feb 04 2013 04:34:56 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 04 2013 05:38:42 PM EST
GOODRICH, Mich. -

Students in Goodrich Area Schools may soon by the subject of random drug testing.

The announcement came from School Board President David Cramer. Cramer recently told the board during the three years he has served, the board has expelled four students for selling drugs and several have been suspended on drug violations.

He asked administration to look into enacting a drug testing policy for students participating in athletics and extracurricular activities.

Cramer told the board testing is done in other districts and it works fine for them, according to meeting minuets.

The reported cost for testing is around $4,000 per year.

Student school board representative Nathan Hagerman, 17, told the board he was opposed to student drug testing.

Hagerman says many students will suffer to catch the few and questioned how drug testing of students would work.

He asked the board if testing would be only for athletes or for all students participating in afterschool activities.

During the meeting, members acknowledged a substance abuse issues exist in the district and offered support for the testing.

Board member Chip Schultz said drugs are a serious concern and they often lead to low test scores and theft.

Schultz said coaches, teachers and parents would like to know if their students are using drugs.

Schultz was 100 percent behind drug testing students saying most jobs in the real world require drug screening.

The Goodrich school district covers schools in Genesee County, Oakland County and Lapeer County.