When Crescenta Valley High School instituted a voluntary student drug testing program, a district first, for some it was a sign of innovation and progress in addressing a festering problem, but for others, like student Wayne Park, the distinction was dubious.
The 18-year-old high school senior signed up for anonymous testing, but only because he said he has nothing to prove. He doesn’t use drugs, and said most of his peers don’t either.
“I personally hate the drug issue, and it embarrasses me for the school,” Park said.
But a coalition of teachers, parents and Glendale Unified officials have taken a different position after a steady rise in the number of drug-related suspensions and incidents at the school.
“We were noticing more activity in the past several years at Crescenta Valley High School,” said school board President Greg Krikorian.