Edmond schools get 8 positives in 750 random drug tests of students

During the first year of the Edmond schools drug testing program, eight students participating in extracurricular activities failed random drug tests. Over a 10-month period, 750 students were tested at the city's three high schools.
by Diana Baldwin Published: January 27, 2014
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Eight students have tested positive for drugs at Edmond's three high schools since a random drug testing program for students participating in extracurricular activities started a year ago.

Four of the students attend Memorial High School.

Three tested positive at North High School and one at Santa Fe High School, school district spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said.

Over a 10-month period, 750 students were tested at the district's three high schools. No testing is done in summer.

The genders and grade levels of the students testing positive and the types of drug detected were not released by the district.

“The testing sessions have become routine at our high schools,” said Debbie Bendick, Edmond's executive director of secondary education. “Our OSSAA (Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association) student participants, their parents and their teachers and coaches are all very familiar with the expectations and consequences of the policy.

“School administrators and athletic directors know their roles in the process as well, and they are vigilant in protecting the spirit of the policy, the safety of the students and the confidentiality of those tested.”

Testing process

Edmond Public Schools, the fourth-largest public school district in Oklahoma, has 23,071 students.

Students testing positive for the first time must obtain, from a licensed practitioner, an alcohol/drug use assessment, which might recommend counseling, education and/or treatment.

On the second offense in the same school year, the student is suspended from participating in extracurricular activities for 14 days and must complete four hours of substance abuse education or counseling from a licensed practitioner.

On the third offense in the same school year, the student is suspended from all extracurricular activities, including all meetings, practices, performances and competition for 88 days.

Students randomly selected are required to give a saliva sample that is tested for marijuana, amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone, benzodiazepine and opiates. All test results are kept confidential.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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