More testing, tougher penalties ahead in drug prevention plan

By Ken Esten Cooke

Students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District will face tougher scrutiny as trustees voted Monday to do all it can to reduce the chances of another overdose tragedy.

FISD trustees approved adjustments to the district’s Student Drug Prevention Program at their Monday meeting that will include more frequent drug dog visits, screening for more drugs and a more unified code of conduct for all extra-curricular organizations.

The action took place in the shadow of the death of Sammy Herrera, an FHS junior who died in April after an overdose in an off-campus incident. After his death, some parents asked trustees to review the district’s policies and penalties.

Superintendent Marc Williamson said the adjustments were made in four areas: education, what the school can legally do about on-campus incidents, the student code of conduct and drug testing.

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