Fort Gibson School Board Votes For A Drug-Testing Policy

Tuesday, August 15th 2006, 8:39 am
By: News On 6

FORT GIBSON, Okla. (AP) -- Students at Fort Gibson who take part in extracurricular activities will now be subject to random drug testing.

Superintendent Derald Glover says athletes and members of academic teams, the band, cheerleaders, choir and other groups will be randomly tested.

Glover says details are still being worked out but the testing will be either of students in 7th through 12th grade or 9th through 12th grade. He says students will be called from class during down time to provide a sample for testing.

Students testing positive the first time would face a 30-day suspension from activities -- or 15 days if the student gets counseling. A second positive test would mean an 18-week suspension.

Glover says the tests cost about $20 each and students may be charged $5 to $10 to join a sport or club to help offset the cost.