Random Drug Testing for McQueen High Athletes

Next week, the Washoe County School board will decide whether to implement random testing of McQueen High School athletes.

During the 2006-2007 school year, 525 athletes were suspended for drug and alcohol use.

These new rules would make the testing random, not having to wait until drugs or alcohol was suspected.

So far, it seems parents, coaches and even most student support the policy.

A first violation would result in a suspension of play for six weeks. The second time would be a 90-day suspension. And, the third time would mean a player suspected for the entire high school career.

The school board takes up the issue Tuesday.