Drug testing in professional sports is a typical occurrence.
We read stories all the time about athletes being fined or suspended for
testing positive for certain performance enhancing or illicit substances. But
drug testing for middle schoolers? Now that’s a whole different ball game.
The New York Times
reports that schools across the country are beginning to require tweens and
teens to submit to drug testing before they’re allowed to play school sports or
participate in school-sponsored clubs and extracurricular activities.
While the urine samples are being tested for a range of
substances, the school districts aren’t trying to crack down on over-performing
pitchers and soccer superstars. Instead, they’re trying to deter kids from
trying drugs like alcohol, steroids and marijuana that are increasingly finding
their way into middle school halls.
Though school administrators where the testing programs have
been instated say they think the endeavors are working, others aren’t so sure,
since testing has never been proven to be successful at preventing people from
What do you think of this development, babes? Do you think
drug testing in middle school is silly or smart?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/26/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN health, fitness, drugs & alcohol, athlete, sports, extra curricular, In the News