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August 23, 2017
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
The Selinsgrove School District is asking that parents sign a “Consent to Random Drug Testing” form in effort to fight the ongoing drug problem.
The form, sent home to parents on the first day of school, gives parents three options. If a student wants to be part of any extra-curricular activity, the student’s parents must consent to drug testing.
Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Chors told the Orange Street News that he supports random drug testing. Chors described how random students would be taken to the nurses office and the test would take five minutes. He believes the tests would make the school safer. Here are his full email responses to three questions posed by the OSN
Selinsgrove has been trying to deal with a serious drug issue.
A day after an Orange Street News investigation revealed a shocking rise in heavy drugs like heroin inside of Selinsgrove High School, Superintendent Chad Cohrs acknowledged just how big of a drug problem is confronting the school in a letter to parents asking for the public’s help.
“The Selinsgrove Area has been experiencing a marked increase in drug activity which is impacting our students,” read the letter. “While drug and alcohol usage is not something new, the frequency and types of drugs we are seeing is cause for increased concern. The use of prescription medications such as Xanax, Vicodin, and Oxycodone are on the rise. Use of other street drugs, such as heroin, are also increasing.”