Some Brockton officials back drug testing for school employees

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BROCKTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Some Brockton officials are reportedly supporting random drug tests for teachers and other public school employees.

Mayor Bill Carpenter told the Enterprise school employees are not exempt from the battle against substance abuse and for that reason he feels testing should not be based simply on probable cause.

The support comes after two drug-related incidents involving school employees. A high school cafeteria worker was arrested earlier this year for her alleged role in a drug ring.

In March, a teaching assistant at the Arnone Elementary School was terminated after officials alleged she brought drugs into the school.

Opponents tell the newspaper testing school employees would be costly and invasive.

Officials said there are no mandates on drug testing school employees in the region. However, one Bridgewater-Raynham school official told the Enterprise there are provisions in place to remove or assist employees suspected of drug abuse.

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