School board votes in favor of random drug testing of athletes

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has voted in favor of random drug testing of student athletes.

The board voted 5-2 Wednesday in favor of random drug testing of middle and high school student athletes in the Ketchikan School District.

During the board's discussion of the issue, student board member Stacy Stone said the policy could help stop drug use among students.

''We need to take a stand and say it's not OK to do drugs,'' she said.

Board Member Richard Van Cleave voted against the policy because he said the money for drug testing could be better used teaching students not to use drugs.

''We're an educational body, not an enforcement agency,'' Van Cleave said. He was joined in his no vote by Board Member Anna Annicelli, who said the policy is too negative.

Board Member Susan Walsh said she hopes the administration will include a clause allowing students who voluntarily admit a drug problem to continue to participate in sports.

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