Feedback mixed on Cullman school drug testing plan

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) – Leaders of the Cullman City Schools system say they’re taking a step back from implementing random drug testing for high school students involved in extracurricular activities.

Officials held a series of public input meetings last week and heard concerns from parents who felt that certain students were unfairly targeted by the proposal and that it could lead to punitive measures. District officials have said the proposal is meant to deter students from using drugs and that law enforcement wouldn’t be involved.

The Cullman Times reports the district is planning an online poll to gather more feedback from parents before moving on with the plan.

Cullman Mental Health Director Chris Van Dyke says the testing policy could give officials an idea of how many local students may be using drugs.


Information from: The Cullman Times

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