Belvidere school board approves drug testing at middle school

BELVIDERE - The Belvidere School District is taking a new approach to battling drug use by middle school students.

The school board approved a measure this week that clears the way for students at the Oxford Street School to undergo random drug testing.

The program will be voluntary and will require both student and parental consent. Students who fail the random screenings will receive counseling instead of being punished. The district says several parents are ready to sign up.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the random tests are not likely to reduce drug use.

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