Butler County school announces mandatory drug testing for students

Butler County’s only Catholic high school will soon begin drug testing its students.

Officials at Badin High School in Hamilton announced the new drug prevention measure Tuesday, saying each of its more than 500 students will be subject to unannounced testing starting in January through the end of the school year.

“This is in the best interests of the students,” said Badin Principal Brian Pendergest. “The impact of drug use on young students and their families is staggering and our community is not immune to this issue. Being proactive on drug testing is the appropriate action on our part.

“We’re talking about a health and wellness issue, not a punitive issue. For their own well being, students should not be doing drugs. We want to help them make the right choices.”

Badin is the second area Catholic high school to announce drug testing programs for students.

In the 2018-19 school year Fenwick High School in Middletown’s Warren County portion of the city saw officials begin student drug testing.

Officials underlined that test results would be strictly confidential between the school, the student and the family. Each student will be randomly tested at least once per school year.

“If a student tests positive, our first response will be to work with the families and the student to try to avoid these habits in the future,” Pendergest said. “Our objective is not to catch students doing drugs. Our objective is to help students not do drugs.”

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