Roane athletes may face stricter drug policy

6:38 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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Random drug tests may no longer be an option for student athletes in the Roane County school system.  Next Tuesday, board of education members may vote to require such testing.

Currently, parents may opt-out their student athlete from random drug testing.  The opt-out measure may go away.  The testing applies to students in grades seven through 12.

"The recent change stems from the fact that legal council told us the opt-out is not a requirement," said school system policy chair Wade McCullough. 

In May, the agenda item passed first reading eight to two.  The two members who voted against the measure asked for an even stricter policy like the school system had years ago before being questioned by the ACLU.

"It is to protect them, our student athletes, from not just drugs but being in a performance issue competing against someone under the influence of drugs," McCullough said.

A member of the school system contacted more than 25 area county and city school systems.  McCollough said half of those systems had a drug testing policy for student athletes.

Board members will vote on the second reading Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

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