Grand Island Central Catholic to start drug testing students

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Central Catholic students are coming back from holiday break to some big news. The school will start randomly drug testing students in grades eight through 12.

The school board approved this new policy last week, and so far the feedback has been mostly positive.

GICC's superintendent believes drug testing will help students stay on the right track.

"It gives their kids an out, so they have another reason to say 'no.' And it's more of a wellness policy rather than a policy where we're trying to catch kids making poor choices," said Steve Osborn, Superintendent at Grand Island Central Catholic.

Parents also hope drug testing will help their kids maintain a proper moral compass.

"I think it's important because there are some 8th graders that brush shoulders with the upperclassmen or high schoolers, so I do think they have some exposure to what the older kids are doing. And I think it's just safe to set that precedent," said Janelle Armstrong, mother of an 8th grade student.

Principal Kristen Klein says drug testing is an opportunity to ensure students are healthy, have a clear mind and are focused in the classroom. She believes the testing will have positive long-term effects.

"It has such a bigger impact than school, it has a future impact for after high school, which is really our goal--to support them not just until they graduate but after graduation," said Kristen Klein, Principal of Grand Island Central Catholic High School.

Consent forms are now being sent home for students and parents to sign. Once those are turned in the school will officially begin drug testing.