Franklin Co. Schools Latest To Adopt Random Drug Testing
By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) – Franklin County Community Schools have approved a random drug testing program.
The school district is the latest in southeastern Indiana to implement such a program. The program was approved unanimously by the school board on April 10
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, all 7th through 12th grade students in Franklin County Schools will be subject to random drug testing if they participate in any athletics, extra-curricular activity, or drive themselves to school.
Students who fail a drug test will be prohibited from activities and their parents will be alerted. No student would be suspended or expelled from school as a result of a positive test.
Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy backs the program, saying it will help keep kids safe by giving them a reason to resist peer pressure to use drugs, according to the Franklin County Osbserver newsletter.
“We’re not going to arrest our way out of this drug problem. It’s not a law enforcement problem. It’s not an education problem. It’s not a religious problem. It’s not a social problem. It’s everybody’s problem and everything we can do to address this issue makes Franklin County a safer place,” said Sheriff Murphy.
The school board also adopted a reasonable suspicion policy. You can review both policies at https://www.fccsc.k12.in.us/fccsc/archives/4771.