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1/26/07-Tyler

Should All Texas Public Schools Test For Steroids

It's a proposal that could affect every high school student athlete in East Texas.   Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst wants to make Texas students the cleanest athletes in the country by requiring all public schools to randomly test athletes for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Some local school districts believe the testing is just not necessary.  

"I just don't think the expense is going to be worth the outcome if we are just testing for enhancement type drugs," said Robert E. Lee Head Football Coach Mike Owens. "I would say if we were testing for drugs, cocaine, marijuana that kind of stuff, then yeah I'm for that because I think that if we had a problem it would be more in that area." The program would cost the state about $2 million in state funds. School districts like Lindale, Chapel Hill and Whitehouse already randomly drug test its athletes.

"If you have that it gives kids a reason to say no," said Randy McFarlin, Whitehouse Athletic Director. Chapel Hill athletic director Randy McFarlin says the school's drug tests don't look for steroids.

"I can speak at the high schools I've been out with that I have not had a steroid problem in high school," said McFarland. "We see our kids every day. We notice any changes in their physical changes number one, and their mood changes." Knowing the drugs are out there, some high school athletes say they wouldn't mind being tested.

"Kids these days, they are always tempted to do that just to get stronger," said Ace Estrella, Whitehouse football player. More than 700,000 students participate in public school sports in Texas. More than any other state. East Texas school districts told us, they feel money would be better spent to educate students about steroids, rather than doing random testing.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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