Alabama Mayor Supports Random Drug Tests in Schools

By: AP
By: AP

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- The mayor of a southern Alabama city is pushing a plan to begin random drug testing at its middle and high school campuses.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon pitched the idea to the Baldwin County School Board at a work session Tuesday. Budget cuts forced a countywide drug testing program to shut down in 2010, and Kennon says the move is part of an effort to make Orange Beach a drug free community.

County school board President Angie Swiger says she supports the proposal, and testing would give teens an incentive to refrain from drug use.

The City of Orange Beach is offering to pay for the first year of testing, and officials say they'd use hair samples -- not urine -- to execute the tests.

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