Boyd ISD toughened its student drug testing policy this month.
“We want to send a stronger message for prevention purposes,” said Boyd superintendent Ted West.
The first offense results in a 30-day suspension from all extracurricular activities, a second results in a 90-day suspension, a third results in a 365-day suspension and fourth offense means suspension from extracurricular activities for the remainder of the student’s time at Boyd High School.
Students can also lose parking privileges and off-campus lunch if they fail one of the random drug tests held several times throughout the school year.
The district also added K2, synthetic marijuana, to its list of substances screened. The district already screened for marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that in the past year more than 11 percent of all high school seniors reported K2 use. Methamphetamine is also the most dangerous drug problem in small towns. Teens living in small towns are 104 percent more likely to have used meth than their peers living in metropolitan areas.
But teenagers who talk to parents about the dangers of drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t talk to them about drugs, according to the Institute.