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Brunswick County teachers to face random drug testing

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- All 1,600 employees of the Brunswick County school system will soon face random drug testing. New faculty and staff will be tested prior to being hired. A random ten-percent of all employees will be tested throughout the year. If an employee fails a drug screening, he or she will not necessarily be fired, but referred to a treatment program. School officials say the decision is a proactive measure. Terry Chestnut with the Brunswick County School system said, "There has just been a keen interest by the superintendent and the board of education, we've certainly researched this and after research certainly that it's a societal problem throughout our nation. So we're taking initiative to take action on this." The drug testing will cost about $25,000 a year. Your tax dollars will foot the bill.

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