The announcement came out of left field: Three local private high schools are instituting mandatory drugs tests.

“Initially I questioned it, can they even do this? Is this legal?” mother Laura Hall said. Her son is a junior at St. Edward High School, one of the three schools that will begin the new drug testing policy in the fall, along with St. Ignatius and Gilmour Academy.

“I was a little surprised. We didn’t see it coming,” St. Edward senior Connor Pisco said.

Students’ and parents’ initial reactions range from very positive to very concerned, and some are right down the middle. Most of them just never anticipated this happening in their school.

“It’s just kinda shocking to do it just all of a sudden, and that’s not something you’d see every day in school,” St. Edward senior Gavin Bridegum said.

That’s exactly why some parents are raising an eyebrow — they feel like the school is taking away their job.

“In terms of a privacy issue, I think it might be a little bit too much,” Diane Erny said.

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