District Votes Down Random Drug Testing - My9 New Jersey

District Votes Down Random Drug Testing

Posted: Updated:
Old Tappan, New Jersey (My9NJ) - There has been an ongoing battle between parents and the school board in the Northern Valley Regional school district over proposed random drug testing for students. Essentially students in these schools could’ve been called in randomly and given a urine test for no reason to determine if they were on drugs.

Parents in the district used petitions, meetings and social media to protest this invasion of privacy and Monday night these same parents were able to celebrate as the district voted down the policy.

Amy Heller, one of the parent activists leading the charge against this random testing spoke about how this passionate group of parents was able to take on the district and actually win.

“A bunch of parents filed an OPRA request which is the open public records act and then eventually we had to sue because they didn’t provide the records they were supposed to,” she said.

The district originally proposed the testing because they argued that there is a drug problem in Northern Valley that needed to be addressed and the random testing would not have led to punishment, but instead it would have triggered education and treatment for those who needed it.

Heller believes that just isn’t true and these parents weren’t going to let their children be punished for no reason.

“It was clear to me that not only was it intrusive and disrespectful of me as a parent, and of the kids, but it actually doesn’t work,” she explained.

After Mondays vote the random drug testing issue is dead in Northern Valley, but several other school districts have similar proposals pending. We’ll see if they fight back as hard as these parents.


Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Sexting Ring Uncovered Involving Six Teens & Four NJ Towns

    Sexting Ring Uncovered Involving Six Teens & Four NJ Towns

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:52:20 GMT
    One girl's threat to post another girl's nude photos on Instagram led to an investigation that uncovered a teen sexting ring involving six juveniles and four New Jersey towns. Little Falls Detective Sergeant James Briggs said that the two girls that initiated the investigation allegedly dated the same boy at separate times. The boy then passed on nude photos that he received from one of the girls onto the other.
    One girl's threat to post another girl's nude photos on Instagram led to an investigation that uncovered a teen sexting ring involving six juveniles and four New Jersey towns. Little Falls Detective Sergeant James Briggs said that the two girls that initiated the investigation allegedly dated the same boy at separate times. The boy then passed on nude photos that he received from one of the girls onto the other.
  • NJ Doctor Offering Alternative To Obamacare?

    NJ Doctor Offering Alternative To Obamacare?

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:24:21 GMT
    Doctor Alieta Eck is running for U.S. Congress in the 12th district as a Republican. She's recently made headlines due to a free clinic that she created back in 2003 with her husband called the Zarephath Health Center. The clinic is a 501C3 run by volunteers and funded through donations. The average cost per patient that Dr. Eck sees is about $13.Some people are referring to this center as an alternative to Obamacare.
    Doctor Alieta Eck is running for U.S. Congress in the 12th district as a Republican. She's recently made headlines due to a free clinic that she created back in 2003 with her husband called the Zarephath Health Center. The clinic is a 501C3 run by volunteers and funded through donations. The average cost per patient that Dr. Eck sees is about $13.Some people are referring to this center as an alternative to Obamacare.
  • Is The Boston Bomber’s Family In North Bergen A Threat?

    Is The Boston Bomber’s Family In North Bergen A Threat?

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:31:20 GMT
    The widow of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Katherine Russell, has been living in North Bergen with the sisters of her former husband, Bella and Ailina Tsarnaev. Neighbors in the area have just recently been made aware of her presence in town, but not all of them are happy about it.
    The widow of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Katherine Russell, has been living in North Bergen with the sisters of her former husband, Bella and Aliana Tsarnaev . Neighbors in the area have just recently been made aware of her presence in town, but not all of them are happy about it.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices