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Will high school students be drug tested?

Posted: 5:39 PM, May 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-18 19:02:27-04

MAYSVILLE, Ky. -- Drug testing Mason County High School students will be up for debate following incidents involving drugs at the school.

Mason County School Board member Kevin Fulton said believes random drug testing would alleviate future issues.

“We feel like there is not necessarily a full blown problem, but an underlying issue that we need to address,” Fulton said.

Tara Prather, parent of an incoming freshman, said she supports the idea of drug testing students.

“I fully support the school’s plan to provide random drug testing,” Prather told WCPO via Facebook. “I feel as long as children have nothing to hide it should not be an issue with the parents or students. If they do have something to hide them maybe this will be the first step in receiving help.”

Despite some support for the idea, Fulton said he has received some criticism for the idea.

“I'm not trying to catch anybody, I just want to put a protocol into place where we can go out and ensure that these kids are doing things the right way,” Fulton said.

Under the proposed plan, students involved in any school-sponsored activity, including extracurricular activities and athletics, would be tested at random.

A public forum to discuss drug testing students will take place May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Mason County Board of Education Office.