ROCK HILL, S.C. -- After looking at the idea for more than a year, Rock Hill schools are now just weeks away from a decision on whether to randomly drug test high school students.
At Northwestern High School, students have been hearing about the possibility of random drug tests for more than a year now.
One student told us, "Nobody's gonna really care about it. Everybody does it anyway."
We asked, "If they randomly drug tested you, what would happen?"
"I’d fail it," the student replied.
School leaders said the idea is to help students. It not about punishment, it's about getting them counseling.
Officials have spent the last year surveying parents and students and say the results show a fairly even split for and against the random testing. Most recently they surveyed student government leaders.
Spokesman Mychal Frost said, "That has mirrored the general feedback when we speak with students – in general very supportive."
Another senior at Northwestern told us, "Most people I know don’t want it. Most aren’t coming to school drunk or high."
We asked, "You don’t think it would be a deterrent?"
"Not really," the student told us.
Some parents we talked to have more questions.
"I'm concerned about drugs in the schools, but also a students personal rights I'm concerned about."
The random tests are federally allowed because they would involve any student who drives to school or is involved in an extracurricular activity. That works out to about 80 percent of the students in Rock Hill high schools.
The hope is to test enough students so that all students are thinking twice about drugs. But some students may be harder to reach than others.
"Nobody would really care, it's just the way we are nowadays," said one student.
Schools in Clover started doing random drug testing a few years ago. There is still a question of how to pay for it. The money would have to come from the school system's general operating budget.