Duluth School Board delays district student drug testing

By KBJR News 1

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM CST

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) - The Duluth School Board says it won't take immediate action on a proposal to randomly drug test district students.

On Tuesday, board members voiced their concerns with a plan made last week to randomly drug and alcohol test district students who are involved in extra-curricular activities.

The district was looking at mirroring a policy already in place in Superior schools.

Board members say the policy could help reduce peer pressure, while others say a policy would need to target all students.

"There's peer pressure out there, kids you know in the moment have a tendency to maybe go along with friends and the thing I do like about this, eventually, it does give kids a reason to say you know, I don't want to drink tonight," said board member, Judy Seliga Punyko.

"My concern is that the kids that having problems are probably not in athletics, probably not in a lot of extra-curricular activities, and how can we get to those kid," said board member, Art Johnston.

Superintendent Bill Gronseth added before the board takes any action, it needs to engage the community and students in further discussions.

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