Plano H.S. Continues Random Drug-Testing Of Students, With Parents’ Support

PLANO, Ill. (CBS) — A suburban high school is doing something that could spark a nation-wide debate: drug-testing students randomly.

But 100 percent of parents are in favor of the program, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

At Plano High School, any student at any minute on any given day could be pulled out of class and tested for drugs. 

Assistant principal Laurel Mateyka says administrators started the random testing two years ago to combat increased drug use among students. The program gives students a reason to say no to peer pressure and, if needed, to get some help. 

“It is an option. About 50 percent of our students who do test positive take that option,” Mateyka says. “The incentive for taking that option is that the social probation that we institute with a positive result is reduced.”

Here’s how it works. Every month, a company uses a computer to randomly pick six students — about 1 percent of the school’s population — for testing.  Of the 103 teens tested so far, 11 tested positive. 

Senior Jonathan Pickett has been tested twice, and passed.

Classmate Dahlia Mijarez says there are some benefits. Even though most students don’t like it, it gives them a peer-pressure out, she says.

“Because they see other students who have been tested who have been caught. They know that it’s a real issue now,” Mijarez says.

That may be why 100 percent of Plano’s parents have now signed a consent form. 

If a parent doesn’t sign a consent form and his or her student is picked, it’s considered a positive result.

It costs the district just over $38 to test each student — about $,1800 a year.

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  • Don't Give It Up

    This is one of those things I would never have stood for in high school. Way over the line. I’m 45 now and still think it is total BS. The privacy of one’s body is sacred to the individual, and a basic education is the law. They can’t require this!!!

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  • Michael

    I’ve never taken drugs in my life, but I would have never submitted to a random drug test in school. Obviously, there is a drug problem in our schools and there has been one for many years. Stomping on personal privacy and the rights of our youth is not the answer,

  • Roberta Waker

    I totally agrre with and support the parents’ decision to allow this testing. It has already had positive results and will continue to do so. Stomping on our rights is a minor issue compared to the consequences brought on by drugs. This may not be the answer, but who has a better idea? We need to STOP DRUGS from coming into our country and maybe then we won’t have to test anyone.

  • Mitch

    Shut up Michael and the other guy. Im a student at this school and nobody has a problem with it other than the people that do drugs. Its teaching us a lesson and showing us what the real world is like.

    • Michael

      Mitch, being taught how to be sheep isn’t showing you what the real world is like. Its establishing a behavior of allowing others to take away your personal liberties away from you.

      This isn’t the solution for a drug free school obviously, since the kids are still taking drugs. The school isn’t preventing drug use, its just randomly catching the abusers.

      • Concerned

        Absolutely right. This program is not preventing drug use at all. This is an example of the school district over stepping their authority. They are basically giving parents no choice but to sign the consent form.
        Mitch, you are obviously spewing out whatever lines the district is giving you to justify their own actions. Once you are actually out in the real world, you will understand that they are taking away your personal freedoms. Schools are too often reaching into the personal lives of their students when their only concern should be what happens in the classroom!!

  • Joe

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? The fact that if a parent decides not to give concent, that the school considers their test a positive result throws that out the window!!
    “Nobody has a problem with it other than the people that do drugs. Its teaching us a lesson and showing us what the real world is like.”
    This is exactly the argument the school says to strong arm students and parents into giving in to their demands. Its sad that students are actually regurgating the same lines. I hope someone steps in and puts a stop to this… I also hope that these same drug tests are given to the teachers and other faculty. Why not put their name in the database as well??

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