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Staff, students may be forced to take drug tests

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A local high school is considering instituting a drug testing policy for all of their students and staff.

Recently, the principal of Powers Catholic High School mentioned the possibility of implementing the policy to the board.

"I have seen enough cases where drugs are problems in the high schools, if my kid had to drop I would have no problems with it," said Flint District Court Judge William H. Crawford II.

Crawford says his son was a student at Powers Catholic High School last year and he said has no problems with the random drug testing of students and staff.

The idea originated with Lansing Catholic High School where TV5 learned the announcement to drug test students and staff came this month.

 Principal Tom Furnas says there's no drug problem at Powers. Furnas did tell TV5 he made the board aware of the proposal, but the school hasn't finalized the mandatory drug testing measure.

If the proposal is implemented, both students and teachers would have to go along with the policy.

 "So let me make sure that I am clear," said TV5's Tia Ewing. "If we are talking about a private school, they can mandate what they want?"

"They can, the Constitution does not regulate their activity," said ACLU attorney Greg Gibbs. "There is nothing on the books that says private schools can't mandate drug testing."

 As of right now, Powers isn't making a move and the principal insists there are no drug issues at the school.

 The ACLU has a history of being involved when school's institute drug policies. It was involved when Grand Blanc became the first Michigan school to drug test student athletes.


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