MARYVILLE, MO (KMOX) – A rural northwestern Missouri school district is one of the nation’s leaders in drug testing middle school students involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities.
The assistant superintendent at the Maryville School District, Steve Klotz, says random drug testing started earlier this month in grades seven through twelve. Before beginning the program, Klotz says the district spent 18 months selling the idea to parents, most of whom were very supportive.
“There were some folks who had concerns and weren’t interested in having this in our community,” Klotz said. “Some were concerned about the right to privacy and were we testing the right population of students.”
Klotz says not only sports teams are randomly tested. Those on the debate and speech teams, as well as band members, also must do it or they won’t be able to take part in the extra-curricular activities.