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Random Drug Testing Coming To Southwest Indiana Catholic High Schools

1395080869Evansville (WEHT/WTVW) – Students in a number of local high schools now have a new test they’ll need to pass.

Diocese of Evansville Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Daryl Hagan tells our media partner, Eyewitness News, students in grades 9-12 will be subject to random drug testing.

“Our Catholic schools are committed to educating the whole person, and this policy states, ‘The use of alcohol and other drugs is a serious threat to the health and well-being of youth.’ As a result of this Diocesan policy, all Catholic high schools will be adopting new policies related to drug and alcohol use and testing.”

Students in the following schools will be subjected to drug testing:

  • Mater Dei High School
  • Reitz Memorial High School
  • Rivet High School in Vincennes
  • Washington Catholic High School in Washington

Dr. Hagan says students who test positive for using substances will be required to take drug and alcohol awareness training and could receive a professional assessment and treatment plan. The schools ensure parents will be involved in this process.

The Diocese of Evansville tells us the program could begin after the first semester for each school.

Dr. Hagan says along with random testing, other changes are coming to the school’s substance policy. These changes include how schools address suspicious actions, provide help for students and discipline students.

Click here to read the full statement.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.

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