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Celina ISD Expands Random Drug Testing

The Celina Independent School District is expanding the number of random drug tests it performs on students.

Celina ISD started drug testing student-athletes in 2004. In 2013, the tests were expanded for students who drive to school and those who participate in extracurricular activities.

On Feb. 29, Celina ISD notified parents about its plan to expand random drug testing. The expansion only affects students who can drive, participate in athletics or extracurricular activities.

"I feel like Celina is held to a higher standard when it comes to academics and sports," said Celina High School senior Shane Gerths. "We're held to a higher standard with a drug policy, too. It's just the way Celina is."

Celina ISD is on Spring Break this week. District officials were not available for comment, but Celina High School Principal Bill Hemby told NBC 5 drug testing expansion encourages students to say "no to drugs."

Hemby said if a student tests positive, he or she will be required to retest each time drug testing occurs at the school. The student must also meet with counselors with the Collin County Substance Abuse Program.

"We pride ourselves on excellence and we really won't stand for anything less," said Riley Nebeker, a Celina High School senior. "It does give kids a reason to say, no."

According to a letter parents received, Celina ISD does not consider a student's failed test a discipline issue. Results of the test are not revealed on a student's permanent record.

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