Trustees receive positive student drug-use report

By Richard Zowie —

After a tragic off-campus overdose by a student in early 2013, there were only five positive drug tests in the last school year at Fredericksburg High School.

That was according to the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Student Drug Testing Program Summary, which trustees discussed at their Monday night meeting.

The 333 drug tests occurred from Aug. 1, 2013 to May 30, 2014. Only students in extracurricular activities were tested.

Trustees also received construction updates on three current projects, learned details of a Texas Association of School Boards grant and approved the 2014-2015 FISD Student Code of Conduct.

Drug testing report

For many district parents, wary after the 2013 accidental drug overdose that claimed one student, the results may have been encouraging.

Three students tested positive for marijuana while one student tested positive for both marijuana and amphetamine (meth), the report stated.

Also, nine other students tested positive for amphetamines, but that was due to their prescribed medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Another student tested positive for opiates but was on a prescribed medication for it.

FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright added that of the four students who tested positive, two were Hispanics and two were Caucasians.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with these results,” Wright said. “I think this is a positive program. Kids are given another way out from peer pressure: they can say no because they feel they might be tested. With only five positive specimens out of 333, I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Wright added, “You would think that after certain events or holidays, the tests would spike, but the results were pretty uniform throughout the year.”

Students who test positive receive a 45-day suspension from extracurricular activities on the first offense and must undergo drug awareness training and counseling. Once completed, they are eligible for reinstatement.

On the second offense, students receive a one-year suspension from extracurricular activities.

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