This past year various schools in New Jersey, including those in Ocean County, have started to implement random drug testing on students. This has been regular protocol for High Schools students but is now starting to make its way to Middle Schools.

Those who do not want to be involved can opt out but cannot participate in any school related activities. Once a student gets involved in school sports or extra curricular activities, the drug testing becomes mandatory but their identities will remain anonymous.

The idea behind this new system is aimed to be a preventative measure as opposed to poor actions being punished. Once a student tests positive, the intervention process could begin immediately.

However, would you be comfortable if your own child were randomly drug tested? I have heard both sides from various parents and I must say, the tally is pretty split.

Check out the announcement for an additional school implementing this system at

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