A Catholic high school in suburban Chicago says it'll begin randomly testing all students this fall to determine if any of them have been drinking alcohol.
Each week, a group of 15 students at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights will be randomly selected to take a drug test. An outside company will use hair follicles to determine how much alcohol the student consumed over 3 months.
The testing was the idea of the school's president, the Rev. Corey Brost. He decided to recommend it after reading an article about a private school in New York that does it.
That school uses the same company for alcohol testing that St. Viator has used to test students for drugs since 2007.
While the National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends random drug testing for extra-curricular activities and as a solution to drug problems, some parents believes this is a good way to hold children accountable.
A student who tests positive for alcohol more than once will face a disciplinary hearing. According to the St. Viator High School president, penalties depend on the circumstances involved, but could include temporarily banning students from social or athletic events.
When it comes to public school districts, Chicago Public Schools does not have a random drug testing policy, however, officials at Naperville North and Central High Schools are considering introducing one for athletes, citing the rampant use of marijuana.
*Correction: We previously misreported a student's punishment as expulsion after a second positive test. The above article now reflects the correct information.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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