N.J. school district plans drug testing for 7th, 8th graders

NJ.com – by Rob Spahr

LACEY TOWNSHIP – Parents and school officials are about to have another tool in protecting school children from the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

The Lacey Township Board of Education approved a new policy Monday night that will create a voluntary random drug-testing program for middle school students.  

“I’m a supporter for any intervention to give another reason for kids to say ‘no’ and that can start at any age, especially with our young teens,” the district’s newly appointed Superintendent Craig Wigley told NJ Advance Media after the policy’s second reading Monday night.

Seventh and eight grade students who participate in the school district’s interscholastic athletic programs or extracurricular programs will be given the option to participate in the random drug testing program, and then their parents must sign a consent form consenting to the program’s provisions for 12 months.

According to the board’s policy, the program may randomly test up to 40 eligible students per months from Sept. 1 through the last day of school.

The board of education will annually adopt the list of prohibited substances and determine the cut-off levels for each substance that determines a positive test before the beginning of each school year. The list of prohibited substances is expected to including alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine, opiates and any others substance defined as a controlled dangerous substance by state law.

The school district already has a similar procedure in place for high school students.

“It’s really another tool for schools and families to keep their kids safe. I think it’s a wonderful addition and it’s good to be in the forefront of that,” Wigley said. “We’re being proactive.”

The collection of specimens for the program will be limited to the school’s physician, the school nurse, a certified physician other than the school’s physician or the staff of a state-licensed clinical laboratory and must be collected in a state-licensed collection station or clinical laboratory.

Parents will be confidentially notified each time their child has been tested.

A student who refuses to consent to the test after being randomly selected could be considered in violation of the policy and subject to the same consequences as if they had tested positive for alcohol or drugs.

The discipline for a positive for alcohol or drug test under the program will be limited to the removal from or prohibition again participation in interscholastic sports and extra-curricular activities. No student will be penalized academically for testing positive for drug or alcohol under the policy.

The first violation of the policy carries a penalty of the student not being able to participate in an extracurricular activity for up to 10 days. A second violation carries a 45-day penalty and the requirement to attend eight counseling sessions. A third violation will result in the student being prohibited in any interscholastic athletic activity or extracurricular event.

Students or their parents will be able to challenge a positive result from an alcohol or drug test.

The board of education will be responsible for all costs for the drug and alcohol testing, including transportation of students, but it is separate expense from testing that might be administered in the school district, including the required medical examination of students suspected to be actively under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“It’s inexpensive for the result we’re getting,” Wigley said.

While the new policy was approved, school officials said it would likely “take some time” to get everything into place before it can be put into effect.

Rob Spahr may be reached at rspahr@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheRobSpahr. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


5 thoughts on “N.J. school district plans drug testing for 7th, 8th graders

  1. “It’s really another tool for schools and families to keep their kids safe.”

    Is that really what it is? The C.I.A. brings in the drugs, and we lose our constitutional rights to “keep us safe” from them, and absolutely no one is concerned with how a thousand pedophile rapists crossing the border everyday affects child safety.

    We’re so buried in BS that all we can do is seize the opportunity to fight our way out of it when it arises.

    Their intentions are obvious, their tyranny is obvious, and their destruction of our country is obvious. All that’s left is for Americans to grow testicles, but as long as they’re well-fed, and living sheltered lives of endless entertainment, it’s not going to happen. We NEED an economic collapse, and mass hunger. Americans have to lose all their precious baubles and gadgets before they’ll even pay any attention to what’s going on in this country.

    if there’s a way to avoid reality, and console themselves with the mistaken belief that “everything will be fine”, that’s the path they’re going to choose. All you can do now is educate as many of them as possible, so when they’re ready to fight, they’ll know who the enemy is.

  2. “The Lacey Township Board of Education approved a new policy Monday night that will create a voluntary random drug-testing program for middle school students.”

    Sure. It’s voluntary. Right before it becomes mandatory. All in the name of safety, of course. Gotta keep em safe…and train them to be good little slaves.
    When the kindergartners start testing positive for meth, there will be no cookies and milk. All day naptimes.

  3. Awwwwsum…
    Now when the children’s fail their lunchroom lady pee test.
    I’ll look up the public criminal court records.
    Then , I’ll know where to score some good drugs from their parents.
    In fact I’ll have the children’s deliver it to me.
    I’m a good tipper…so it will help their parents legal fees while their children are getting molested at a CPS foster home.
    Ah yessss..
    I still remember my first bong in 8th grade.
    But I had morals…
    I didn’t ratt my parent’s out.
    Let’s make Amerika great again.

  4. And to all the parents that play along with this

    I hope you like to eat your tyranny with a side of communism

    Anyways , any parent that truly loves their kids , wouldn’t be sending them to public schools to begin with

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