ERIC Number: EJ757378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Steroids: To Test or to Educate?
School Administrator, v63 n6 p47 Jun 2006
In February 2005, The Dallas Morning News published a multipart series on steroid use among high school students in Texas. The paper's four-month investigation was wide-ranging, but shined a particular spotlight upon alleged abuses in the 13,700-student Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, north of Dallas. Use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs was suspected in professional sports, especially Major League Baseball where accusations have been flying like juiced home runs, but high school kids? Informed just prior to publication of the newspaper's findings, Grapevine-Colleyville officials launched their own investigation and soon disclosed that nine athletes had confessed to having used steroids. Just months after the newspaper stories appeared, the Grapevine-Colleyville school board approved a random drug-testing plan for students who participate in sports and other extracurricular activities, from drama and debate to cheerleading and choir. Testing, which began with the 2005-2006 school year, includes screenings for illegal steroid use. This article reports on steroid use among high school students and how educators and policymakers are beginning to consider randomized drug testing as a way to stop student abuse of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.
Descriptors: Investigations, Boards of Education, Extracurricular Activities, Drug Abuse, High School Students, High Schools, Athletes, Drug Use Testing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas