The new policy applies only to those students driving to school or
involved in extracurricular activities.
WEST AMWELL -- Besides having a new superintendent, many of the 350
students who walk into South Hunterdon Regional High School on
Tuesday, Sept. 11, will face random drug testing.
The school is opening later than other districts because of delays in
its construction project.
South's new superintendent is Nancy Gartenberg, who replaced Lisa
Brady on July 1.
It was under Ms. Brady's leadership, however, when the controversial
drug new policy was approved by the Board of Education.
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To the editor:
We agree drug use and abuse is a serious issue and whether or not to
use drugs is among the most important decisions a young person will make.
That said, we are also strongly opposed to the policy of random,
mandatory and suspicion-less drug testing being considered by the
South Hunterdon Regional High School Board of Education.
This policy would require all students in grades seven through 12 who
participate in extracurricular activities or who have parking permits
at South Hunterdon High School to submit to random drug testing,
involving the collection and testing of their urine.
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Officials Are Holding Discussions With the Public About Random Drug
Testing of Student Athletes, Those Who Drive to School, Park on
Campus or Leave the Campus for Senior Privileges.
WEST AMWELL -- Not all parents want to begin random drug testing of
students at South Hunterdon Regional High School, but many of the
approximately 30 who attended a discussion last week expressed interest.
"Our concerns here are related to alcohol and marijuana,"
Superintendent Lisa Brady said. "Here and nationally, they are the
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Many People Would Be Surprised By The Many Faces Of Addiction.
Eric Douglas had it all. The youngest son of Hollywood actor Kirk
Douglas and half-brother of equally famous Michael Douglas, he was
born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth but spent a
significant portion of his 46 years in and out of drug rehabs. At one
point he was in a coma for eight days because of a drug overdose.
On July 7 of this year, Eric Douglas died. I understand he had a small
part in "Delta Force III: The Killing Game." I never saw the movie,
but I have seen many people like Eric Douglas in my lifetime. Addicts
who go in and out of recovery, maintaining sobriety for months and
then back on the bottle or on the drugs or on the food or whatever
substance temporarily numbs their emotional, physical and/or spiritual
pain. I have seen people coexist with their addiction well into the
senior years and others who die while still in their prime. Eric
Douglas was most definitely still in his prime.
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