The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has recently signed a state law that requires all public high schools administer drug tests to all student athletes and students who participate in academic extracurricular activities. Brown hopes to reduce the use of performance enhancing drugs, prescription drugs, and drugs sold on the streets among students.
All students are required to urinate in a cup in front of their coach and a government official. Testing will take place randomly every three weeks during the school year. Students who test positive for drugs will be suspended and must attend a week-long rehabilitation session.
This law will take effect at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Albany High School Principal Jeff Anderson and Assistant Principal Kevin Goines are eager to stop the alleged drug abuse problem in Albany’s most respected clubs such as Mathletes, the Debate Club, and Model United Nations. Further, Albany staff are concerned about allegations regarding the championship Ocean Science Bowl team and performance enhancing substances.
“Albany High School has a zero tolerance drug policy,” Anderson commented. “I believe this new law will be effective in reducing drug use at our school.”
Athletic director Zeke Lopez agreed. Both Anderson and Lopez expect an improvement in both performance and grades for student competitors.
Although the AHS faculty have high hopes for the new law, students do not feel the same way. A junior who wished to remain anonymous protested, “This new law is against the fourth amendment. It violates our right to privacy. The school should not be allowed to punish us for our decisions outside of school.”
Jerry Brown hopes to make drug tests mandatory for all school activities including non-academic clubs, choir, and student leadership in the near future.