Drug testing for all activities in some Perrysburg Schools

By Dick Berry - email

Posted by Dave Dykema - email

PERRYSBURG, OH (WTOL) - Drug testing may be coming to Perrysburg Schools.

The proposed drug testing would be for seventh graders through seniors.

Student athletes would be tested, but so would kids participating in other competitive extra-curricular activities such as lacrosse and cheerleading.

Some Perrysburg students say there is a drug problem there.

"It's getting pretty bad. Lots of students are smoking and experimenting with steroids a few times," said Cody Stemer.

Claire Stemer agrees. "I've heard of people taking some sort of injection stuff before. Everyone needs a fair shot."

There would be two tests: one at the start of each sports season; the other random testing during each sports season.

A meeting is scheduled Monday night at 7:00 at the high school to discuss the idea of drug testing in Perrysburg Schools.

Perrysburg parents show overwhelming support.

"Kids have a tendency to look up to folks as role models," said Ron Spitulski. "You can tell by what's happening on the sports news with these guys."

"Kids are kids. And they experiment," added Megan Johnson. "I've been there, done that."

If a student gets busted, they loose eligibility for twenty percent of the regular season.

They'll also be required to take a drug assessment program and complete its recommendations.

"We want the kids to be drug free. I think if that's what we have to do to make sure that happens, that's what we should do," said Ron Spitulski.

"Drugs are popular and it can happen. I think it's a good idea," said Diane Hamilton.

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