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September 23, 2013

Elwood players won't face adult charges

Officials deny accusations football team has drug-abuse problem


ELWOOD, Ind. —

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has no bylaws regarding drug testing or drug abuse. As a governing body, the IHSAA defers handling of such behavior to school districts. Smith and Wells said Elwood has a district-wide drug policy, which includes systematic and random drug testing.

Wells, who is in charge of the school district's drug testing program, said the principal and superintendent aren't made aware of drug tests until the day they are administered. 

At Elwood, tests occur randomly 10 times a year and include any students in athletics, in co-curricular activities and anyone who drives to school. The first violation carries a 30-day suspension and an automatic re-testing. The second violation leads to a 365-day suspension, and the third violation results in a high school career ban.

Wells said parents are always notified after a positive test, and the school has several educational programs and counseling available to students who might be at risk of relapsing.

"We don't have a drug problem at Elwood. Period," Wells said.

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