More Private Schools Start Mandatory Drug Testing


Christian Brothers College High School in suburban St. Louis has a clean-cut student body of 1,000 boys, paying $9,500 annual tuition, reports the Associated Press. Parents may be charged another $60 to help pay for mandatory drug tests for students, a program hailed by the White House but criticized by civil libertarians. Parents are being surveyed on the idea.

President Bush backed student drug testing in his 2004 State of the Union address, helping to fuel interest, said the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “I think it’s a clear tool not to play hide-and-seek with this problem,” said drug czar John Walters. About one school district or private school a week has started some form of random drug testing since last spring. Walters does not know of any public schools attempting mandatory testing of all its students, as some private schools are doing.


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