Public supports drug testing, but proposal stalls
MCHS to further research concerns into implementing program
Results from a community survey came back mostly in support of random drug testing at Morris Community High School, but unforeseen questions and concerns has officials putting the proposal on hold.
The Student Discipline Advisory Committee posted a survey on the district's website about two months ago, asking for the community's thoughts on starting a random drug testing program for athletes and any students involved in Illinois High School Association activities.
The proposed program would randomly test students in IHSA activities for any illegal drugs or controlled substances. The Morris High School website stated it should cost less than $10,000 a year. In March, when the program was first discussed, officials said the proposal was not a reaction to increased drug use at the school, but rather a way to help prevent drug use.
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