Lansing Catholic High Instituting Mandatory Drug Testing

By: Steve Doty Email
By: Steve Doty Email

Over the years, drug use in schools has become an increasingly bigger problem and some would argue there's a problem outside of schools too.

"I think society has a drug problem," Lansing Catholic principal Thomas Maloney said. "I think all high school students, regardless of if they're here at Lansing Catholic or another high school are faced with a tremendous amount of pressure."

Because of this, Lansing Catholic has made a major change to their drug and alcohol prevention efforts.

"So we have made the decision for next school year that we will implement a mandatory testing program," Maloney said.

The drug testing will involve taking a sample of hair from students and faculty members. The drug testing will take place in early September, at the beginning of the school year, but the school may also randomly test students throughout the year.

Despite the increase in the drug prevention efforts, Lansing Catholic stresses there was no reason to increase their efforts.

"We have had students violate our drug and alcohol policy in the past," Maloney said. "There has not been a spike in that there has not been an increase in trend."

There was no spike in drug related incidents at the school and there will be no spike in tuition.

"Every year there is a slight increase in tuition," Maloney said. "This did not cause a huge increase in tuition."

Lansing Catholic would not allow students to comment on the new policy until they had a chance to talk it over with their parents, but say the reaction from the students has been positive.


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