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District Votes Down Random Drug Testing

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Old Tappan, New Jersey (My9NJ) - There has been an ongoing battle between parents and the school board in the Northern Valley Regional school district over proposed random drug testing for students. Essentially students in these schools could’ve been called in randomly and given a urine test for no reason to determine if they were on drugs.

Parents in the district used petitions, meetings and social media to protest this invasion of privacy and Monday night these same parents were able to celebrate as the district voted down the policy.

Amy Heller, one of the parent activists leading the charge against this random testing spoke about how this passionate group of parents was able to take on the district and actually win.

“A bunch of parents filed an OPRA request which is the open public records act and then eventually we had to sue because they didn’t provide the records they were supposed to,” she said.

The district originally proposed the testing because they argued that there is a drug problem in Northern Valley that needed to be addressed and the random testing would not have led to punishment, but instead it would have triggered education and treatment for those who needed it.

Heller believes that just isn’t true and these parents weren’t going to let their children be punished for no reason.

“It was clear to me that not only was it intrusive and disrespectful of me as a parent, and of the kids, but it actually doesn’t work,” she explained.

After Mondays vote the random drug testing issue is dead in Northern Valley, but several other school districts have similar proposals pending. We’ll see if they fight back as hard as these parents.


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