Kingfisher adds designer drugs, like K2, to student drug tests

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KINGFISHER, Okla. -- An Oklahoma school district is now adding another illegal substance to the list of drugs for which they are randomly testing students. Kingfisher Public Schools will be looking for K2, also known as "Spice," when conducting random drug tests on their students who take part in sports or other extracurricular school activities.

The district did basic drug testing last year but decided to add K2 to test this year.

Kingfisher Superintendent Jason Sternberger said, "With the way kids communicate statewide, nationwide nobody's immune to it."

Sternberger said the intent is not to punish students or restrict them from activities. He said the intent is to get help for those who may be using drugs.

This is the first year 7th through 12th graders may be tested for the designer drug. Last year the district started random drug testing for students involved in extracurricular activities.

Each month they choose 15 kids at the high school and 10 at the junior high to be tested. Of those students chosen, only a handful will have to provide a second urine sample to be tested for K2.

The testing is done about once a month. Sternberger says the intent is to catch drug use early.

Sternberger said, "That first offense is getting parents or guardians involved and getting them the counseling they need."

He hopes it will help not only identify students who may be struggling with a drug problem, but also give others the strength to stand up to peer pressure.

Sternberger said, "I've heard of situations where kids have had the ability to say no because of this."

One parent we spoke with said, "Maybe it will keep kids off that. [They] may think about it when they know they're going to be randomly tested."

The district chooses students randomly. However, they say parents are able to, in a confidential way, request their child be in the test group.

Those caught beyond the first offense could face expulsion from their activities or clubs. However, a positive test does not mean the student will be expelled from school.

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