NJ Middle School Students to Face Drug Tests

Those who test positive will be required to attend an early intervention program

Friday, Jul 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:31 AM EDT
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NJ Middle School Students to Face Drug Tests

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A northern New Jersey school district has adopted a voluntary random drug testing program for middle school students.

Parental consent is required for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in the Belividere school district. Parents must also pay for the cost of the treatment program.

Those who test positive will be required to attend an early intervention program and visit a guidance counselor or nurse at least six times.

Superintendent Dirk Swaneveld told The Express-Times of Easton, Pa., hopefully the program "works as a deterrent and to help kids."

Belvidere High School has had random drug testing for athletes and students in extracurricular activities since 2008.

The policy also allows the police to go undercover at school, according to The Express-Times.

"The chief school administrator may request law enforcement authorities conduct an undercover operation in the school," it reads, according to the paper, "if a less intrusive means of law enforcement intervention would be ineffective."

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