October 1, 2014

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Cloverleaf board mulls random drug testing for students in activities

Cloverleaf school board members discussed Monday the possibility of random drug tests for students involved in extracurricular activities.

John Gladden, the district’s community information coordinator, said the idea of having a drug-testing policy for students was suggested by Medina County sheriff’s Deputy Dave Pries and Garth Gucker, a high school cross country coach.

“They looked at this as a possible prevention tool to help prevent drug abuse at our schools,” Gladden said.

Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said the board has not made a decision yet and is only studying the possibility of adopting a policy.

“It is not something the board has decided to do,” he said.

If Cloverleaf institutes drug testing, it wouldn’t be the first district in Medina County. Highland requires all student athletes to participate in a drug-testing program. Brunswick began a random testing program of students in all extracurricular activities in the 2010-11 school year.

Several Cloverleaf board members also expressed interest in collecting information from other districts in the area that have similar policies, including Highland and Norwayne.

Gladden said the board would not be able to implement a policy within the year because time is needed to reach out to the community for opinions on it, to question law enforcement about procedures, and to research and question companies that would do the testing.

“What we really need is to really do a huge reach-out to our community and really make sure we know how they feel about it before we move ahead whatsoever,” Gladden said.

Kubilus said he’s already heard from two residents about concerns they had with a drug-testing policy.

“When we announced the drug testing, I received two phone calls the very next day,” he said.

Gladden said the district will reach out to the community on its website and Facebook page.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.


  • Jason

    Guilty until proven innocent? I’m not sure if this is the best way to prevent drug abuse. It seems like an unnecessary invasion of student privacy

  • $$

    Sounds like a waste of money we’re constantly told isn’t available. Spend it on education.

  • concerned parent

    While students have the right to a reasonable expectation of privacy, I don’t believe that drug testing violates any privacy. A student does not have the right to abuse drugs/alcohol. If my child were abusing drugs, I would want to know. We as adults often obtain employment where we are subject to drug testing. Being a student is their job and therefore they should be subject to this as well.

  • Joseph Doty

    Student drug testing is one of the LEAST effective ways to prevent drug use. Studies have shown that in most cases drug use remains the same or INCREASES after implementing drug testing.

    This is from a local school’s policy:

    “The lab technician will stand outside the stall and listen for normal sounds of
    urination.”
    Do you want some stranger listening to your child tinkle?
    I also have serious doubts about the randomness of “random” drug testing.
    Student drug testing policies have a extracurricular punishment plus required counseling. Guess who pays for the counseling?? The parents pay for it.
    A positive test result has life-long implications for a student. Just because their name was drawn “randomly”.
    The estimated cost of the program is $5,000-10,000 a year. That does not include the litigation cost when a student’s parents sues the school. The ACLU loves these cases.
    Spend the money on effective prevention measures. Better yet, spend it on landscaping. The lack of landscaping makes the schools look abandoned.
    Spend the money on technology!! Spend it on new stadium bleachers!!

  • Joseph Doty

    Do drug testing in YOUR own home. Then deal with the results within YOUR own home. Deal with it as YOU see fit.

  • concerned parent

    If I thought that my child was abusing drugs, I would drug test him/her at home. The problem is that many times (not all) parents are either not aware or not concerned that their child is using. If those kids were tested at school and received some help, then what is so wrong with that? This tool should not be used as a punishment, but as a way to help these kids get the help they need early on.

  • Joseph Doty

    But there is a punishment associated with it.

  • Joseph Doty

    Be careful of what you say
    Be careful in every way
    Be careful of what you do
    Big brother is watching you

    Be circumspect and discreet
    Stay light on your mental feet
    One slip and you know you’re through
    Big brother is watching you

    Conform with all directives
    Remember obedience pays
    and when you watch that TV Screen
    remembers it works both ways

    You’ll disappear in a wink
    Unless you can double think
    You’ll vanish into the blue
    Big Brother is watching You
    And testing your pee!!!

  • Is

    These athletes sign a waiver agreeing to be drug and alcohol free when they are In a sport. They are being punished for breaking their signed agreement.

  • Fatheroffour

    Is
    that waiver means nothing

    parties signing a legal contract must both be 18 years old or older

  • Joseph Doty

    I just wrote a check for $500 so my two sons can play football. I had to buy spikes for my kids (some sports the outside cost is much worse). My sons have to maintain academic eligibility. They have to maintain the code of conduct of not only the school but also the coach. They lift weights three days a week from January to July. Attend football camps in July. From August til the end of October, they attend practice everyday except Sunday. Now on top of all that, I am supposed to agree to subject them to “random” drug testing? Pee in a couple while a stranger listens?

  • lookingallaroundme

    Is this being good stewards of the public’s money? Let’s test administrators; there seems to be some funny thinking going on.

  • Is

    The parents and students sign it. And yes, many athletes have missed games due to breaking it.

  • Joseph Doty

    The administrators are not the ones proposing this policy. This is coming from a teacher.

  • Joseph Doty

    I will worry about my children. I have enough sense to mind my business when it comes to other peoples’ kids.

  • concerned parent

    “Other people’s kids” are the ones mine have go to school with. This is a community problem. Some of us care about the community that we are raising our kids in.