S.C. School District Takes Steps Toward Drug Testing Student Athletes, Drivers

The Rock Hill School District is taking the next step towards drug testing student athletes and now student drivers.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Rock Hill School District is taking the next step towards drug testing student athletes and now student drivers.

A lot of parents say the drug test may be a good idea -- as studies show, more kids smoke pot than cigarettes -- but the American Civil Liberties Union says it violates the students' Fourth Amendment rights.

But the numbers don't lie. According to Recovery Village, more than 35 percent of 12th graders have smoked pot this year.

Danielle Center with Keystone Abuse Services has helped implement the drug testing policy in surrounding areas like Clover, S.C. 

"We're seeing people go into a state of psychosis," Center said. "We're seeing higher addiction rates. We're seeing problems with the brain."

Parents are on board with the proposed policy that would randomly drug test student athletes and student drivers.

"I think that's a good idea," said one mom.

"Just because you play football or basketball doesn't mean you can get high whenever you want to," said one student.

Still, not everyone is on board.

"I mean, I'm a teenager. I know," said one teenager. "They're not going to stop [using drugs]."

According to the Rock Hill Herald, the district says students who test positive would be suspended but also go into counseling.

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