The results of random student drug testing in central Lexington County schools should comfort most parents, students and teachers, but the findings may not tell the whole story.
Athletes, along with students who drive to school, were subjected to random drug tests last school year at Lexington, River Bluff, White Knoll, Gilbert and Pelion high schools in Lexington 1. All athletes at seven middle schools that feed into those high schools also were tested.
The result: Only 4 of the 1,048 students tested failed. That’s a pass rate of 99.6 percent. All four of those who failed eventually passed the test, including three who lost parking privileges for 14 days.
Lexington 1 declined to disclose the specific substance found in the four students’ samples and the schools the students attended, saying that is confidential.
The drug tests, which continue this school year, are part of an emphasis on healthy lifestyles for the 26,300 students in Lexington 1’s 30 schools.
“Random drug testing in and of itself is not a comprehensive solution,” Superintendent Greg Little said. “It is just one of