Drug Test Law Won't Effect Schools Here

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

The nation's drug czar John Walters says a new Virginia law that will allow drug testing of students will make the state a leader in the war on drugs.

The law is scheduled to go into effect July 1. But schools in the Valley say they're not planning to implement it. None of the local schools test anyone for drugs right now. But police do conduct random checks at schools with drug sniffing dogs.

"It's rare to find the actual drugs," says Officer Tim Wright of the K-9 Unit. "Sometimes we'll get an alert for a scent that's in the clothing in the locker."

There have been only three drug arrests on school property this year in Rockingham County. And only 11 drug violations over the last three years in Harrisonburg City schools.

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