School District Offering Drug Testing Kits To Parents

HEMPFIELD (KDKA) — A local school district is offering take home drug tests to parents.

The test kids will be available to parents of middle school students in the Hempfield School District.

“We would rather be proactive,” Andy Leopold, superintendent, said. “We have 6,300 students in this district and if we can affect even one family or one child then we’re doing our job.”

The test will be offered to parents and will be voluntary. The results will never be given to the school district. The student cannot be punished in any way by the school system.

“It gives my kids a way out to say, ‘Hey. I could be tested for drugs at any time. No thank you. I can’t,’” Randy Stoner, a school board member, said.

Terry Ewing, a former teacher and a mother, says it’s about time.

“I think this is idea has some merit,” she said. “Parents can know for sure what’s going on with their children. The school district doesn’t want to know the results. This is just for the parents. If they want it, they can request it? Not a bad idea.”

The drug testing kits will be offered as part of a comprehensive plan in Hempfield that includes an in-your-face look at the justice system and the danger of drugs.

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  • Jack

    I’m sorry but it’s hilarious that the school is Hempfield and the school board member they interviewed is named Stoner.

    • Dennis

      I’m skeptical. This story may be a plant.

    • Bill

      Why are tax dollars being used for this? Parents’ can buy their own kits. What business of this involves our government, schools and our tax dollars? Is there something in the constitution I missed that gives our government permission to use my money in this manner?

      • KC

        Agree completely, School should offer information as to how parents can possibly get a group discount on the kits, but buying them and offering them to parents is outside their “duty description.” So instead of teaching (USA trailing many countries), they oversee food, drugs, weight, sex, clothing, hair color, hair length, religion,…and on it goes. Maybe if they stick to school subjects, kids would then make it in life.

      • joeKing

        My thoughts exactly! The tax payers should be outraged.

      • Justin Case

        Follow the money and I think that with enough digging you will find that the school board and or school personnel benefit from this directly or someone they know is benefiting from this. These drug tests do not cost that much at the stores and besides, how is this drug test suppose to make it home? Will the questionable students take it to mom? Will the parent have to pick it up and if so why not just stop by the store? Perhaps the best answer is that the school needs to spend the rest of their unallocated money for the year or face loosing out on the same amount of money next year. Something does not smell right here and I doubt that the smell is drugs.

        Remember, say no to the war on drugs.

      • Ccpony

        Typical liberal BULLSH!T. “Hey, it’s not MY money. So if this $1000000 that I spend of YOUR money can help just ONE person … Well then, aren’t I wonderful?”

      • Jeffrey A Douglass Sr.

        When tax payers began paying for abortions and other group oriented controls we started down that slippery slope.

      • FreudianSlip

        Another misuse of tax money. Everyone needs to vote out all the politicians that got us here. We put ourselves here and we can vote our way back out of this mess. We need to AUDIT where every dollar is going in our government budgets. A full accounting from every government agency should be posted online every month. This includes the school districts which have become a huge boondoggle for siphoning money out of the tax system. They spend more in their budgets for repair and maintenance of buildings than if they rebuilt new. FOLLOW THE MONEY.

      • barrybeech

        This is government out of control.
        Stop funding the Borg.

      • Jason

        I’ve been told that the school will hand them out, but the school didn’t purchase them. They are being donated to the school at no cost. So no tax dollars. From what I’ve been told…

    • Doug

      I was also rolling on the floor LMAO when I read this. My stomach hurts from laughing so hard.
      But seriously, it’s not “the school districts job” to send a drug test kid home with the kids. It must be terrifying to be student at the Hempfield (LMAO) school district. Whoever came up with that plan should be fired.

    • Pat M

      Dave? Dave’s not here.

    • Sully

      That was my first thought, too.

    • t paine Words from the man who first said the words “United States of America”

    • Deb

      I thought the same thing as I read the story!

  • James P

    Is this satire? The town is Hempfield with a school supervisor named “Randy Stoner”?

    • Dennis

      Yeah, “Randy”; I didn’t catch that the first time; an amorous pothead principal. This one just gets better and better.

  • DogDontHunt

    Odd confluence of names there. Also a sad sign of the times that they are doing this at a middle school. What is the age range here? Mabye 11-14?

  • M.T. gave out free home test kits several years ago at our Jr. High. I thought it was a great idea. It gave me an excuse and an out in several situations.

    • mkultra

      Pretty pathetic if you need an excuse not to do something you apparently don’t want to do anyway. Grow a backbone.

    • KC

      Nothing is “Free”…they took money from text books, supplies, etc to give you test kits with tax money. I hope your “Out” was worth another kid’s school lunch or field trip.

  • Crosscut

    Drug test the faculties and staff with zero tolerance. Let’s see how that works out.

    • Ed

      I think the kids should check the parents.

      • RandyC

        It’s like none of you have read 1984. It’s scary what most of you so called Americans will tolerate.

  • Mannie

    A year or two ago, we were debating the legalization of pot. I asked my then 12 year old grandson how long it would take him to score pot at school. His answer,

    “I don’t know any of the druggie kids. … About twenty minutes.”

    So this doesn’t surprise me.

  • john

    this is dumb. you say we live in a free society yet we have a drug war and the enemy is our own kids. alcohol and tobacco kill millions a year and your kids will get it from you. stop the ignorance about drugs because your all addicts with your pills and alcohol. great message to send the kids, get drunk and pop pills because that’s what mommy and daddy do. idiots!!!

    • Uncle Sam

      Excellent Point – Deaths from Gov’t Approved Drugs per year:
      Cigarettes – 450,000
      Alcohol – 50,000
      Other – 20,000
      Marijuana Deaths – 0

      • Joe in Missouri

        You forgot pharmaceuticals

      • SandyLester

        There are some studies that say 120 people a day die do to doctor error, maybe we should test doctors.

  • annie

    I assume that all the school board members, principals, and teachers have been tested? I know what my children are doing, but not what goes on among the union faithful. Parents who don’t know with whom their children are associating, or what they are doing when you are not around need to rethink if they should be parents. It is not the place of government to raise our children — and make no mistake, the government run schools ARE part of the government, and teacher/ babysitters, school board members, and administrators are not being paid by private industry — they are all on the government dole.

  • Home Invasion

    “Mommy, Daddy! My school wants you to give me your urine samples!”
    I bet whoever thought this was a good idea tests positive for STUPID!
    Schools should teach and leave parenting to parents!

  • Steve

    How about we drug test all the parents first?

    • Lee Ann

      Here! Here!
      And include alcohol and pills in that drug test!

  • Matt

    In an economy suffering like we are and the ever constant cuts in educational funding, why the hell is the school funding test kits parents can go pick up at walgreens? A Schools job is to educate not become the local outreach program. This is just silly. Get back to teaching math, science and topics relevent to education and let parents take care of the rest.

  • Tony

    Randy STONER said this, huh? How much will this cost? Who’s paying for it? Are they going to check for alcohol? I’d much rather a kid smoke weed than drink alcohol. Girls that smoke pot dont pass out and wake up raped the next day.

  • Wendy

    If the parents are really interested in being proactive, why don’t they do the testing on their own. Why does it take a free test coming from the taxpayers for the parents to show interest?

  • Ken

    Hemp was a major cash crop in the US prior to the 1930’s. Most canvas, rope, etc was made from hemp, George Washington grew hemp. However, the hemp plant grown at that time had very little THC, and few smoked it. Hemp with higher levels of THC were imported and smoked in the inner cities, and the gov’t cracked down on any hemp since they could not determine which was which. Also, the new plastics industry and the other fiber producers supported the destruction of their biggest competitor, hemp. So the growing of it was outlawed in the late 1930’s, relegalized due to WW2 due to the needs for rope & canvas, and outlawed again afterwards. One of the worst mistakes for our country, due to the loss of the cheap natural resource which still has not been replaced adequately.

    • LoveYourEnemies

      Let’s legalize hemp and start a new green revolution. It is natural, bio-degradable, can be grown almost anywhere, and has thousands of uses. I bet some genius can figure out how to make water bottles out of it and thereby decrease the use of plastic bottles that are polluting our aceans.

      • john s

        they already can make all plastics and bio-diesel from it but the oil companies are too powerful

  • drpageiv

    I always knew when my kids got drunk or stoned. I had very strict rules and I enforced my will on them. I knew because I required them to be at home or the home of a trusted parent when they did these things. I had a communications link to my kids because I was heavily involved in their affairs.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality” ~ H. L. Mencken


  • drpageiv

    My kids are all in their 30’s still married to their first loves with children (18 or so). All 5 work at professional endeavors from Corn Farmer to EMT. Only one Tokes or Drinks as an adult, none accepted the liberty very enthusiastically.

  • Bob

    I have come to dislike trying to read anything on CBS News websites, they refresh too often, while reading, the screen refreshes and I have search where I was reading.

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  • Curious

    So they send a drug test kit home with the kids. Do they really expect that if a kid is using drugs they will give it to mom and dad? Or are they send ing them home for the kids to find out if the parents are on drugs? Could go either way these days.

    • Mannie

      So they send a drug test kit home with the kids.


      They make them available.

  • Chicago Nick

    This isn’t such a bad idea, I was first introduced to marijuana in the 5th grade back in 1978 in Charlottesville VA and then in the 6th when we moved to Chicago. I can’t even imagine the stuff these kids have to fight off nowadays. Its brutal and the leftists and MSM aren’t helping them one iota.

    • troy

      It is a terrible idea. The school is wasting money buying drug tests rather than books, pens, pencils, and other supplies that will actually help the children be a little more productive.


    You assume the parents even care … can the results be sent to the moms welfare worker? I am assuming no dad of course.

  • Joe in Missouri

    Wonderful use of tax money what will they think of next? Kids football teams? Oh yeah they have already done that.

  • stjames888

    As long as they drug test teachers and staff as well; I have no fight with the idea…

  • Troy

    I want to know how much tax payer money this is costing. If a parent suspects their kids of drug use that can easily go buy a test kit at the local drug store. Another waste of taxpayer money being imposed by the nanny state. Hey to all you slacker parents out there raising vile little disrespectful rugrats; IT IS TIME TO START CONTROLLING AND DISCIPLINING YOUR KIDS.

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