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Vero Beach High School considers drug testing students

By Christina Noce

VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A proposal to randomly drug test students at Vero Beach High School will be discussed Tuesday by the school board.

Some parents say they think it's a great idea while others believe it's an invasion of privacy.

The testing would affect all student athletes and those in a school-run activity or club. Students would be tested for marijuana, opiates, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Sebastian River High School has been drug testing student athletes for two decades now.

At SRHS, if a student tests positive, their parents are notified. They cannot compete in the sport or extra-curricular activity until they complete a drug rehabilitation course. To get back on the team, students have to submit to weekly drug testing after that.

VBHS wants to adopt these same policies. If these changes get the go ahead, students at VBHS who play sports or belong to a club will be drug tested starting this coming school year.

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