August 9, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
I applaud the recent action by the Barnesville Board of Education. The Shamrock school hierarchy voted 4-0 last week to implement drug testing of its student-athletes this coming school year.
The Barnesville BOE opted to follow the lead of Martins Ferry schools which decided to go the same route earlier this year. Cambridge has previously led the way on such prep programs.
Barnesville -- like Martins Ferry and Cambridge -- is not looking to punish its student-athletes. Rather, the drug testing program will make life easier for administrators and coaches while also helping youngsters steer away from potential issues, or help clean them up if already experiencing problems.
It is a no-brainer. It may cost the district some bucks, but it is money well spent. The dividends are huge.
After Martins Ferry pushed forward with its drug-testing program, I said it was only a matter of time before more local school districts would follow suit. Barnesville proved the point.
Watch for the domino effect to now play out.
For more and more Eastern Ohio schools, drug testing will now be easier to digest. That is something we all should be able to stomach.