Drug Testing

Jackson County students who participate in extracurricular activities will soon be subject to random drug testing.

Jackson School Board members unanimously passed the new drug testing policy. Under the plan five percent of those students could be tested at any given time, with 10 percent of that group also screened for steroid use.

School officials are still working out the details, but the testing program could be up and running by January.

Danny Sims, Jackson County Superintendent, says, "A lot of professional athletes, you hear the stories of drug use and our children do look up to those people. I think this just puts it in the forefront that steroids and other drugs are things that we need to stay we need to stay away from."

The school district will use a $127,000 federal grant to pay for testing.