Drug Testing to Begin at High School

Random drug tests are now a way of life for some students at Meridian public schools.

School officials will conduct random tests for students participating in sports, cheerleading and band.

Students will be tested on a number of illegal drugs from cocaine to marijuana to anabolic steroids.

Meridian High School Principal R.D. Harris also says any student about whom there is a reasonable suspicion of drug use may be tested.

Students who test positive will face disciplinary action, up to being expelled from school.

Harris said he anticipates the program will actually begin next week and affect 10 to 15 percent of students each month.