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R-XVI discusses drug testing RHS students

By David Knopf/Richmond News

By defining the difference between a right and a privilege, Superintendent Damon Kizzire clarified last week why testing some, but not all, Richmond High School students for drugs would be justified.

“Having an opportunity to a public education is a right,” Kizzire said during an introductory discussion of the subject at a March 11 school board meeting. “Having the ability to park on school grounds or be in an activity is a privilege.”

Principal John Parker said Employee Screening Services, a Springfield-based company with regional offices in five Missouri cities, including Sedalia and Columbia, approached him about a potential drug-testing program at the high school.

Parker said the program would focus on students with “privileges” – those in sports and other extracurricular activities, as well as those who park vehicles in school lots. He said the cost would vary according to the number of students tested, as well as the number of drugs included in the screening.

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