Officials consider expanding drug tests at Davis School District after program’s first year

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DAVIS COUNTY ,  Utah -- The results are in regarding the first year of random drug testing at the Davis School District, and officials with the school district said they are very pleased.

During the past year, 1,373 random drug tests were issued, checking for more than 300 different substances. Out of those tests, 29 came back positive. Those athletes were given a second chance, and all but two passed the test cleanly the second time.

“I think that’s a very low number, I feel really good about that number,” said Barbara Smith of the Davis School Board.

Woods Cross High School quarterback Tanner Hammond doesn’t want any drug users in his huddle. He has embraced the new random drug testing policy.

“I pulled everyone away from the coaches and just said, ‘if you’re doing it stop now because I promise it’s not a good thing,’” Hammond said.

Kaestle Charlesworth, a student school board representative, said she had privacy concerns regarding the drug testing, but after experiencing it, she approved of the process.

“I was called down to the office and I believed I had a meeting with my counselor and then I was pulled aside and told I was doing a random drug testing, and you’re put into a private room where you can use the restroom, and do all the testing, and then within five minutes you have your results,” Charlesworth said.

The current penalty for failing a test is being suspended from practices and or games.

“I think it made a huge difference,” Defensive Coordinator Mike Tidwell said. “It made kids say, ‘What do I like more? Do I like being part of a life style that may have led me down the wrong path, or do I like being part of a family out here on the football field with my teammates?’”

The school board is so pleased they are even thinking about expanding the test to include students of any extracurricular organization, or possibly even all students.

“I really think just having them test positive and having them call their mom or dad and say, ‘Hey, guess what happened today?’ is a huge deterrent,” Smith said. “We’re hoping we are a leader in this and other districts will follow.”

The school district will hold a workshop over the summer to discuss whether or not they will expand the random drug testing process.

7 comments

  • Casey Anderson

    disgusting that we are letting the school violate these kids privacy this way. If the school tries this with my kid they had better have some really good lawyers.

  • tryagaindistrict

    As a student from Woods Cross, I can tell you that most of the drug users (mostly stoners) do not play on sport’s teams/participate in extra-curricular activities. These results are skewed because the population of recipients is not diverse at all. If the district were to actually test ALL students, then the results might be a little more displeasing. Fortunately I’m not going to be a part of this next year……

  • wow...

    You can’t just test a small portion of the population and claim that the effect is substantial, how can you claim that drug use has gone down when you only test a portion of the students?

  • Picklesdaddy

    Feel free to test my kids for drugs… just as soon as you produce a warrant. Somebody needs to remind the district officials that they work for us, not the other way around.

  • Bad Idea

    Schools need to remember they exist to educate our children; not to create a police state where students rights are disregarded. What’s the penalty, a student that participated in drug use isn’t allowed to get an education? Is banned from being able to access the things that might make the difference in their lives long term? Short term thinking that will have a huge negative long-term impact on our society.
    Schools already create an environment where students are labeled and then excluded and abused (emotionally,verbally and physically) based on those labels. As a result we see tragedies of students attacking each other and high teenage suicide rates. Rather than drug testing, let’s put the surplus resources available to the district (these tests are not free) to counseling services, reducing bullying campaigns, hiring additional teachers to reduce class sizes, raises for existing teachers. Let’s educate and support our youth.

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