by Sarah Snyder
Thirty students at Monahans High School were randomly selected and tested for steroid-use.
This is the first time in history Texas public schools have tested athletes for steroids. School officials say the testing process isn't a nuisance, but it does reflect a sign of the times.
The Texas legislature has mandated the steroid testing of all public school athletes. In West Texas, Monahans and Pecos are the first to be tested.
"It's a sad time that the legislature had to mandate, because that means that somebody is truly having a problem with it," Superintendant Keith Richardson said.
The University Interscholastic League will test 100 schools in Texas this year. Next year, they hope to test thirty percent of Texas schools, about 600.
"It's a fairly minor issue as far as we were concerned," Richardson said. "They showed up, did their testing and left. Students cooperated well."
School officials were notified on Tuesday and students were tested on Thursday.
"I haven't seen any problems in West Texas," Richardson said. "It's a minor nuisance as far as we're concerned."
Testing for steroids will cost texas taxpayers about 6 million dollars. If the actual cost exeeds that budget, the money will come out of the school's budgets.
"We're going to comply with the law and just go on," Richardson said.
Superintendant Richardson says the reason behind the testing is simple.
"If there are schools that have problems, I hope it does cause the students not to use steroids," Richardson said. "That's the whole purpose of it."
So far, there's been no negative reaction from students or parents.
School officials tell us it will be about 3-4 weeks before they will know the results.