Oklahoma high school to require drug tests for parking permits

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BIXBY, Okla. — In addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, students at one Oklahoma high school will have to undergo a drug test before being able to purchase a parking pass.

Bixby Public Schools told KOKIĀ that it soon will require any student who parks on campus to pay for and take a drug test.

The district announced it believes parking on school property is a privilege and it intends to implement a drug testing policy for those choosing to drive to class.

School officials say alcohol and drugs impair students’ ability to drive vehicles safely on school property.

“The No. 1 priority is to keep our kids safe on campus,” Bixby High School principal Terry Adams said. “There are no disciplinary consequences at the school. There are some steps involved in the actual program itself.”

The first violation would result in a meeting with a parent, counseling and the student losing the parking pass for 30 days.

Throughout the year, students might be required to submit to random drug testing or testing because of “reasonable suspicion.”