Zionsville considers randomly drug testing students

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A plan to randomly drug test students in Zionsville is not sitting well with students, and some administrators.

The school board has tabled the idea thee times, most recently at last night’s meeting.

The plan was proposed by Tim East, the principal at Zionsville Community High School.

“It’s a valuable tool in helping our students to say no,” East said

East has written two different proposals for the drug testing plan. The original plan included suspending students from extracurricular activities if the students tested positive.

It also required they get treatment.

After opposition from the Zionsville Student Rights Union, the proposal was rewritten. Under the current plan drug testing would be required for students who participate in extracurricular activities, and those who park their car at the school. If students test positive their parents would be notified, but there would be no consequences at school.

“Its the parents prerogative to deal with a drug situation as they see fit. Its not the school’s job,” said ZSRU Chairman Matt Noel

“We all have the same goal. We want a safe and drug-free community. There’s some questions about what’s the best way of going about that,” said East.

The US Supreme Court ruled the tests are constitutional, as long as the students are not punished academically if they test positive.

According to the current plan, the tests in Zionsville would cost $36 per student. The annual cost is estimated at $6,500.

The money to fund the tests would come from concession stand sales at games, and from vending machine sales.

The district currently tests if there’s reasonable suspicion for drug use. It also performs locker searches, breathalyzers at dances, and uses drug-sniffing dogs.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for August 11.

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