By: Associated Press
February 19, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A private school in Georgia intends to start drug testing its oldest students.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Brookstone School announced the drug testing of students in grades 8-12 will be voluntary next school year, and then mandatory in succeeding years.
The newspaper reports that Brookstone plans to collect hair samples from students, which will be sent to Psychemedics Corp. The Massachusetts-based company would then provide test results within a few days.
Brookstone said in a statement that the program's focus is the health and well-being of students. School officials added that drug testing will improve the school's ability to work with parents and health professionals to help students.
School spokeswoman Connie Mansour said Brookstone has about 800 students, with 370 in grades 8-12.