ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS10) – Roanoke County school administrators say it’s a not a right, but a privilege to play. The Roanoke County School Board is researching and considering a random drug test policy for its student-athletes. Salem and Botetourt County schools already have a similar policy in place.
Over the last several years, Maryville City Schools has lost several former student athletes to drug overdoses. Most notably, Aaron Douglas, a freshman All-America at the University of Tennessee who died from an overdose at a house party in Fernandina Beach, Fla., in 2011.
In organized youth sports, leagues must depend on volunteers to coach teams, and in many cases the league takes whoever agrees to volunteer. How do parents know these people aren’t child molesters or drug dealers? (Because background checks aren’t enough.)