Drug testing Sunnyside athletes suggestion of leadership students

Sunnyside High School leadership students recently traveled to Washington D.C. and attended a national conference on drug and alcohol issues. At last night's regularly scheduled Sunnyside School Board meeting, the energized group presented a plan to officials detailing ways to combat marijuana use.

Perhaps the most shocking suggestion was implementing a drug testing policy for all students involved in sports. SHS Vice Principal Heidi Hellner-Gomez said the high school would support looking into the possibility of drug testing.

Hellner-Gomez also explained that a school on the west side of the mountains implemented a drug testing policy this year. "It took about a year to get the community involved and a consensus on this," she said, adding that the subject has held up in Supreme Court.

SHS leadership student Molly Dolan recommended setting up an anonymous hotline so students would feel safe in reporting suspected drug activity at the high school. "For those kids who are scared, we really think it would help out our school and people would feel very safe," Dolan said.

The students expressed a willingness to help train adults at the high school to recognize the signs of students under the influence, as well as signs of students passing or possessing drugs.

Interestingly, the leadership students also asked for more serious consequences for students walking in the hallways during class time.

In addition, they asked for more security presence at the high school.

School board officials took no action during the meeting.


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