Ohio school to test students, staff for drugs

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A prep school in northwest Ohio plans to conduct random drug testing on its students and staff in the fall as a condition of enrollment.

The Toledo Blade (http://bit.ly/JgLh91 ) reports St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy will ask its students and staff for a hair sample to test. Each test will cost $40.

St. John's spokesman Zach Silka says the school will offer treatment or counseling to students or staff who test positive. They could face suspension or expulsion if they ignore them. The school will not involve law enforcement.

The Ohio School Boards Association says St. John's is one of the only schools in the state testing all students and staff and not just athletes.

School officials called the policy a proactive move to prevent drug abuse early.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/