Today's high school students must worry about more than simply writing their next paper or passing their next exam. They must also worry about passing another kind of test - a drug test. Students who fail this test may lose both their privilege to participate in extracurricular activities and their permit to park on campus. Teenage drug use is a national problem that many think is on the rise. A growing number of school districts across the country have responded to this apparent problem by implementing random, suspicionless drug testing (RSDT) programs. RSDT programs test particular groups of students, usually those students who participate in interscholastic athletics or extracurricular activities and sometimes those who park on campus. Most RSDT policies state that the school can refuse to allow a student to participate in extracurricular activities or park on campus if the student (or the student's parent) refuses to consent to such testing or the student fails the test.

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