- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Beatrice school officials are considering drug tests for students who participate in extracurricular activities.

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports (https://bit.ly/2h2zU0k ) that school officials presented their research on the matter to the Beatrice Public Schools board on Monday. The board will revisit the issue at future meetings, deciding whether to move forward with a new policy.

Beatrice High School Assistant Principal Bob Sexton says he began to discuss the policy with the school’s resource officer after a few incidents at the school. Sexton says the policy could apply to athletes but also students in band and other activities. About 70 percent of the student population is involved with extracurricular activities.

Sexton and School Resource Officer Zac Lauenstein say 40 high schools in Nebraska use random drug testing.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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