SYLVA, NC (AP) — High school students who park on campus at schools in Jackson County in western North Carolina now have to agree to random drug testing.
Local media outlets report the district this year expanded the testing policy beyond athletes and students who participate in some extracurricular activities. While students must agree to tests, not every student will be tested.
At least six districts in the western part of the state have drug testing policies and Hayward County has had one for at least 12 years.
Chris Brook, the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina, tells the Citizen-Times of Asheville such policies raise privacy concerns and also questions the effectiveness of testing.
He says testing has not proven to curb drug use by students.
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