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High School Implements Mandatory Drug Testing for Students

Rockhurst High School, an all boys' school in Kansas, Missouri, will introduce a new anti-drug policy that tests students' hair for cocaine, PCP, marijuana, and other substances. 

The strands of hair will be taken at random. It is mandatory that students participate, and will begin in the school year of 2013/2014. 

Each hair strand tested will determine if the student has consumed drugs or alcohol over the last 90 days. 

Officials at the school believe it will help them make sure their students are going down the right path. 

"Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life," principal Greg Harkness said. 

If a student tests positive, he will be given a 90 day period to be drug free. Guidance counselors will be notified and will be assigned to help the student. Parents will also be told about the test results and they will be involved in determining how to help the boy in question. 

The school will write the incident in the student's file, but the file will be destroyed upon graduation and will not be sent to colleges. 

They decided to implement the policy after they discovered that many of their students believe their peers do drugs. 

"What was most alarming for us is that when you asked our students if everyone else is doing it, they said 'Yes.' But, in fact, they weren't," Harkness said. 

"There's this idea that 'Everyone is doing it, so I guess I have to do it myself.'"

Harkness said almost all parents were on board with the testing, after they discussed it for two years. 

Matthew Brocato, junior class president, said most students were impressed by the testing, but some thought it was an invasion of privacy. 



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