SAN MARCOS, Texas -- A new school year means a new test for high school students in San Marcos. The district reinstated random drug testing for students who participate in University Interscholastic League activities ranging from sports to debate to drama.
"It gives us an incentive not do do it, because we know there are going to be consequences if you do," said San Marcos senior Nick Manrique. He plays football and runs track and wants to compete in college.
The district hired a private company to administer the tests. The company will choose the students at random and will administer a test to 30 students each month -- 15 boys and 15 girls.
The tests will look for illegal drugs including marijuana, meth, and cocaine. If a student tests positive, the student will be banned from UIL activities for one calendar year. If a student tests positive a second time, the student will be banned from UIL activities for their entire high school career.
"I think the punishment makes them make a decision, and hopefully, they will make the right decision," said SMCISD athletic director and football coach Mark Soto.
Parents can appeal a positive drug test by paying for a second one and comparing the results.
Austin ISD does not conduct random drug tests on students. The UIL conducts random testing for steroid use in roughly 10,000 to 15,000 students per year.