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Edmond student drug tests come back negative

A new policy requires all Edmond high school students in extracurricular activities to be drug tested monthly.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Published: February 22, 2013
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Kevin Hill, parent of a Memorial High School senior baseball player, said given the small number of students who are tested, he was not surprised by the success of January's tests.

“We're not even touching the surface of the problem,” Hill said. “Drugs are on the rampage here in Edmond, and it's nothing new.”

Hill coaches his son's baseball team during off seasons, and he has two younger children who will attend Memorial High School.

“This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I love kids, and I cringe when one gets arrested for using drugs.”

Hill has expressed his support for student drug testing during several school board meetings. He supports the new policy but thinks it should be expanded to include the testing of all high school students.

Shelly Utsch, whose daughter is a sophomore at Memorial High School, agrees with Hill.

“I don't think it should be confined to one group of students. They all go to school, they're all exposed, why not just test the whole school?”

Students react

Students have mixed opinions about the new policy.

“I've heard a lot of talk from people who are against it. It seems a little violating,” Edmond North High School senior Summer Foores said. “But I think unless you are using drugs you have nothing to worry about.”

Memorial High School junior Kaila Gier, who is in the marching band and on the volleyball and track teams, said she supports testing students involved in extracurricular activities.

“I understand that those students are held to a higher standard. I would like if the whole school was tested but since those students are seen as leaders, I think why not start with them,” Gier said.

Brown said the district budgeted $35,000 out of the general fund to spend on the testing.

Contributing: Staff Writers Jaclyn Cosgrove and Carrie Coppernoll