The Southport School on the Gold Coast informed parents and students yesterday that it will introduce saliva and urine tests to the school.
"Education programs don't work with all the boys, scare tactics don't work with all the boys, so we came up with the idea of random drug testing," school headmaster Greg Wain said.
Wain says the plan has been discussed with students for the past six months.More stories from Today Tonight
"And they are now 99 per cent on board with it. It's very hard to find a boy who's against it," he said.
Random testing of their views as they arrived at school suggests he's right.
"Personally I think if people don't agree with it then it's a bit suspect because I don't think there's anything really bad about doing it," one student said.
Another agreed that "it should help to sort out the school and help some kids get back on track that are drifting away, getting into that sort of stuff."
Parents are also in favour. One parent said "drugs are everywhere unfortunately and the safer we can keep the kids the better."
Another echoed by saying "as a parent I'd be quite happy for my son to be drug tested."
Wain believes it will make his students think twice before saying yes to drugs.
"It's giving them a really strong reason to say no," he said.
Testing begins next term. Already civil libertarians say it's an infringement of their rights, but it seems the vast majority are happy for it to go ahead.What do you think of random drug testing in schools?
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