McKinney—McKinney school trustees voted in favor of expanding the district's drug testing policy Monday.
Board members unanimously approved the plan to expand random drug testing to include all students involved in extra-curricular activities.
Freshman football player, Blake Peters is in support of the testing because of the drug use he says he sees at McKinney Boyd High School. "I've have seen kids use PCP, pot and almost everything else."
The district ramped up it's testing of athletes for steroids last year after state mandates kicked in, but now there is a plan to expand that to students in band, music, cheerleading and all other extra-curricular programs for students in grades 7-12. "We don't want to keep students from their activities we just want to find them so they can get help," says McKinney ISD spokesperson, Cody Cunningham.
Students seem to support the changes; including track team member Natasha Richardson. "I think it will keep kids from doing drugs if they see others getting kicked out. I know a lot of students brag about using drugs and the coaches don't even know."
School officials say they have bombarded with support for the plan from students and parents, but at least one father in the district has more questions. Ronald Paris spoke against the plan at Monday's board meeting because he says he has more questions. "Why just the extra-curricular kids and not everyone. I think that may lead to profiling", says Paris.
Surrounding school districts, like Frisco; Melissa and Prosper already do similar testing for drugs, but mostly in the student athlete population. McKinney officials believe the measure could now open the door to randomly testing the entire student body.