Random Drug Testing To Take Place County Wide In Pitt County High Schools

The Pitt County School Board made a final vote Monday night on adopting their own county-wide optional drug-testing program to keep student-athletes on top of their game.

The board wasted no time Monday night in a unanimous decision to pass a county wide optional student athlete drug-testing program.

The policy would allow every school in Pitt County the option to randomly drug-test student-athletes. The only stipulation is they would have to do at least one drug test per sport, in each school.

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A policy to make sure students athletes aren't doing drugs could expand to more schools soon.

The Pitt County School Board is expected to vote Monday on a drug testing policy. It would expand the program started at D.H. Conley in 2008, giving all schools the option of running random drug tests.

The policy requires each student and a parent to sign a written consent form before they can participate in a sport. A minimum of one drug test must be administered for each sport. The principal may order additional random tests.


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  • by Cassie Location: Queiroz on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    I am a high school student and i play soccer for my team and i am totally for it because like the girl said if your gonna do drugs and play a sport and just keep doing drugs like setroids then you shouldnt be playing the sport or doing th drug in the first place if our gonna do drugs your wasting your life.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 17, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Making it a random drug test for ALL the students would be an even better idea. They never know when they are going to be tested so they dont have time to prepare to stay clean. All you have to do is swab their mouth and get the lab results.
  • by Mom Location: Eastern NC on Mar 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    I think this is a great idea. Kids need a reason to say no to drugs. When the threat of random drug test exists, kids have a reasonable way out with their friends. They can say no and have a firm reason for it, rather than my parents told me not to take drugs. I do think it should encompass all extra-curricular activities, not just athlectics. However, you have to start somewhere and this is as good of a place as any.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 17, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    I don't messs with any drugs at all, even alcohol and tobacco, I am totally against this idea 100%. Why? # 1 At a tough economic time like this, I say that this is a waste of Pitt County's Schools tax dollars where it could be put to something more useful than this. # 2 it will discourage more students from getting involved with athletics, bringing the school down all around and causing a higher obesity rate. # 3 just the athletes getting tested and not the non-athletes is unfair and is a joke in itself. If one student gets tested, then test every single student. These random drug tests are a bunch of bogus. This may even be another move to find a way to get more tax dollars into the politicians pockets, coming from this corrupt Pitt County government.
  • by fmrecpirate on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    Could we be missing the point? If I am no mistaken the purpose of the testing is to eliminate the use of peformance enhancing drugs... that is why the general school population is not targeted. Unless you live under a rock and never attended school you would be ignorant to think that there isn't any drug use, drinking or sex occurring in High School. The goal however is to protect kids from hurting themselves with the pressure of being the start athlete.my 2 cents!
  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    Bud, give me the cup any day. I WILL pass because I DON'T do drugs. Stop talking about stereotypes. We aren't all like that.
  • by parent Location: grenville on Mar 16, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    We need to open our eyes. Rich or poor drugs are out there, and children are using them, it doesn't make any difference if they come from good homes & families they are using them. I believe that drug testing is something that needs to be done in all counties throughout NC. I have a child that plays both HS & club ball. I would like to say that there aren't any children on my child's HS team that take drugs, but I know there are on my childs club team. The problem is these kids play for schools in different counties. These kids will play against my children in HS and could endanger my child, someone elses child or themselves. I would hope that other counties would follow the example that Pitt County has set. I teach my children about the consequences of drugs, but I don't know if the next parent does. How can I protect my child from them? I think that a little sacrific is required to protect all.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    Let me point out that alcohol causes far more problems than drugs ever will for these kids. I've never heard of a "high" driver accident, but we all know about drunk drivers. Alcohol is obtained much easier, and sometimes even provided by the parents to their children. Some of you gasp in horror and cover your mouths! Oh No! It can't be, that's not true! Believe me, it is true. The real problem in this issue is the punishment for positive tests. And what will they test for, only marijuana, or for everything? If you test positive will you be suspended for a few games or kicked off the team, suspended from school for a week, or worse, expelled? And what about the different kinds of drugs? Will they test only for marijuana, or will they include cocaine and crack and other more dangerous drugs? What about pain-killers regularly and legally obtained from a pharmacist? Is cocaine worse than marijuana? See, there are too many questions that are too complicated to answer.
  • by Penny Location: Eastern NC on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Why single out the student athletes? That just doesn't seem fair to me. Are you going to randomly test kids in the chess club? This policy is flawed. It doesn't discourage kids from using drugs, it discourages them from participating in extracurricular activies.
  • by Concerned! Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    I think playing sports or being involved in any extra curricular activity is a privilege. If students are using drugs and test positive for drugs they should not be allowed to have privileges. As adults if we test positive for drugs we have consequences such as losing our jobs. We have to send the right message to kids. Making the excuse that we "used or experimented" with drugs when we were in high school is not good enough. These kids could die the first time they use some of the substances, they need to be aware of the seriousness of their action. Now if they do test positive they should be required to complete some type of treatment or drug education program in order to return to their program of choice!
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