Scott County Proposes Drug Testing High Schoolers

GEORGETOWN, KY -- Random drug tests are being considered for Scott County high school students who drive to school or otherwise are involved in extracurricular activities, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

A public meeting to discuss the issue is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Scott County High School auditorium.

While community leaders, the police and school officials have been talking for more than two years about the possibility of random drug tests, Bob Leonard, vice chairman of Scott Countians Against Drugs, said the recent indictment of star basketball player Bud Mackey did "open some people's eyes," reports the Herald-Leader.

Leonard said there has been some resistance in the community because people are unclear about how testing results would be used.

"When you start finding crack cocaine on your high school campus," Leonard said, "suddenly people start paying attention."

Mackey, named most valuable player of last year's state tournament-winning team, was arrested in September after rock cocaine was found in his shoe, police said. Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted the former Cardinal on a charge of trafficking a controlled substance, the newspaper reports.

Implementing drug testing requires action by the Scott County School Board, said Cheryll Pearson, director of special services and Title IX for the district. Pearson, who is also a licensed psychologist, said she hopes the meeting will help educate people about the goals of testing, reports the Herald-Leader.

Although the Georgetown Police Department supports the plan, and is helping organize the community meeting, drug testing would not primarily be a law enforcement tool.

copyright: The Lexington Herald-Leader

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  • by dan Location: cook on Feb 21, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    they shudnt test its none of there buisness if i smoke
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Feb 11, 2008 at 02:11 PM
    I think it would be even more revealing to also test the teachers and administrators. From what if seen and read in the news lately they are just as messed up as the students. You deal with the leaders and the rest will follow
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Feb 11, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    Sorry Wow, I was not that kid you describe. Would you rather have kids getting high before school than a drug free school? We have several police officers that are there just for juveniles, so they didn't take away from anyone on the street. And for your information, if they're on drugs , they are already ruining their lives!
  • by JOHN Location: WINCHESTER on Feb 10, 2008 at 04:28 PM
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    @Rick Location: Georgetown Lemme guess you where the fat kid no one liked and always was made fun of? What if your attempt at ruining others lives took the cop away from some one breaking into your house? That would be such sweet irony. Btw stay away from poppy seed bagels as youll test positive for heroin and be the 1st to go.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Feb 9, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    YES!YES!YES! A thousand time YES! This is long overdue! There used to be a school bus stop right in front of my house and I watched 4 teenagers smoking pot while waiting for the bus. I called to police and they came, and could smell the smoke still in the air, but with nothing on them, the cops couldnt do anything. I support drug testing them and if tested positive , immediate expulsion and prosecution!
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Feb 9, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    If they start drug testing all athletes and band members and the such now theyll be able to replace who they lose in the upcoming freshman class. The idea of testing students that dirve though would be ridiculous and an invasion of privacy as they dont sign up for driving at the school and its a privledge the school doesnt regulate.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    good way to help our young people
  • by Bobby Location: Rehab on Feb 9, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    Good idea, we can call it the Bud Mackey law. Crack is whack!


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