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The Talker: Naperville high schools may implement random drug tests

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High school athletes in Naperville may eventually have to take random drug tests.

Officials from Naperville North and Naperville Central High Schools said marijuana use has become "rampant" in the area. At an annual review of the district's code of conduct, officials said out of 30 violations of the code, 24 involved marijuana. They also say that the code isn't much of a deterrent anymore.

Officials say the random testing could be a way to help kids make the right decision and resist peer pressure.

The tests would apply to both athletes - and students in other extracurricular activities.

The School Board won't take up the issue until June. They say they have to hash out privacy and legal issues, and the cost of implementing random drug tests and then weigh the benefits and concerns.

The district tells FOX 32 News that their bottom line is whether the tests would help students make better choices.

So is the random drug testing a good choice for keeping student athletes off drugs? Or does it violate the students' right to make their own choices in private? Sound off on our Facebook page.

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