Student Athletes Ask For Drug Testing

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Student athletes at Licking Heights High School said Monday that they thought mandatory drug testing would keep students in line.

A group of students at the Pataskala school asked administrators to start mandatory random testing for 10 illegal drugs, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.

Under the proposal, every student athlete, in season or out, would be required to undergo the mandatory testing.

If the proposal is approved, it would be the first drug testing for students in the district, Landers reported.

“I wanted to be a leader and implement this drug testing policy to get ahead of the curve and stop problems before they occur,” junior Andrew Giffin said.

The proposal was designed by the school’s student athletic council.

“As a leader in our school and our community, we are held to higher expectations and higher standards,” senior Gabrielle Palombaro said.

District Superintendent Philip Wagner said that he supported the drug testing idea and said that the process of creating the proposal taught students more than just saying no to drugs.

“This is a teaching/learning situation,” Wagner said. “They are learning about law. They are learning about policies and procedures. They’re learning about the civic aspects of this.”

The proposal was still in the fine-tuning stages, and district officials were working to come up with a plan to fund the tests and a company to conduct the tests, Landers reported.

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