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Duluth schools explore random drug testing of students

  • Associated Press
  • January 16, 2014 - 7:43 AM

DULUTH, Minn. — School administrators in Duluth are talking about testing students randomly for drugs.

Educators say parent and student input would be gathered if the idea moves forward.

Parent Deb Johnson says tells WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1dwm7FI ) she's in favor of the tests because it would likely curb the drug problem in the high schools. Johnson is president of the Duluth East Parent-Teacher-Student Association. She expects some resistance to the idea.

The school district in Superior, Wis., has a drug testing program in place. Administrators say it works well because students don't want to risk losing privileges.

Duluth Public Schools disciplined students for 64 illegal drug incidents in the 2012-2013 school year.

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