The Mars Area School District is considering a drug screening program for their middle and high school students.
According to our news partners at WPXI, the proposed testing would include students in grades 7 through 12 who participate in a sport or another extra-curricular activity, as well as for students who drive to school.
Officials say that if a student fails their random drug test, they lose the privilege to participate in their sport or clubs, and/or the ability to drive to and park at school. However, there would be no additional punishments for the student if they fail their test.
Another school district in our county, Seneca Valley, has had a similar program within their district for the last 14 years.
As with any drug screening test there is always the possibility of students using synthetic urine or detoxes to try and beat the test. There are a number of methods that state they work when in fact they don’t, however synthetic urine still works although it clearly states that it should not be used as part of a lawful administered drug test.
Any method that can be used to potentially fake a drug test does cost money and even though they can be freely purchased online many schools may be led to believe that students won’t be able to afford to buy these methods, but it is something that they must keep in mind so that they are aware that not every student that passes the drug screening test may have done so legitimately.