CBS Miami reports that the Miami-Dade County School Board announced plans to test high school students at random for performance enhancing drugs or steroids this year. The Wednesday announcement of the pilot program comes just days after seven people were arrested for running a clinic in Coral Gables that pushed performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs.
Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said that the goal of the program was to curtail and ultimately eliminate the use of steroids for athletes, and the find the dealers who were pushing the drugs on the kids:
There is always an adult culprit behind these issues.
According to the local CBS affiliate, the timing couldn’t have been better, either:
The announcement comes just a day after seven people were arrested for running a clinic in Coral Gables that pushed performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
The Biogenesis Clinic distributed PEDs to Major League Baseball (MLB) players and local high school students.
The investigation on the Biogenesis center is what rocked MLB and led to the 211 game suspension of baseball star, Alex Rodriguez.
Yet, Carvalho insists the timing is just a coincidence, and that the high school athletes investigated with the Biogenesis Clinic were not in public schools. He explained:
“This was focused on private school nonetheless we wanted to be proactive in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.”
For now, it’s a pilot program, the test will be “non-invasive,” and cannot be performed without parent consent. The testing will begin when the school year starts in two weeks.
“At the end of the day, this is about safe guarding our kids.”
The reaction from parents was mixed, with some saying they agree, and others calling it an invasion of privacy. Carvalho wouldn’t say how many kids were up for testing, but he did explain how it would be carried out.
While the pilot program only focuses on high school students, the school board could later expand it to the middle school, as well.
You can watch the local CBS affiliate report below:
Source and featured image: CBS Miami