Drug Tests Face Challenge

Drug Tests Face Challenge
Posted by FoM on March 11, 2000 at 07:17:26 PT
By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer
Source: The Oklahoman Online 
American Civil Liberties Union attorneys plan to appeal an Oklahoma City federal judge's ruling that public schools can force students to take drug tests to participate in extracurricular activities, an ACLU lawyer said Friday. Graham Boyd of the ACLU's Drug Policy Litigation Project responded Friday to U.S. District Judge David L. Russell's ruling. 
That ruling came Thursday in a case in which two high school students sued the Tecumseh School Board, alleging the district's drug testing policy violated their constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Boyd urged Oklahoma schools not to take Russell's ruling as a "green light" to adopt whatever type of drug testing policy they like. "The issue is still very much in contention and will have to be resolved by higher courts -- probably the U.S. Supreme Court," he said. Boyd said only a "rather small minority" of schools test non-athletes for drugs across the country, but said such drug testing is more common in Oklahoma. "It's very expensive and there's very little evidence it cuts drug use," he said. Published: March 10, 2000 Copyrighted 2000 The Oklahoma Publishing Co.Related Articles & Web Site:A.C.L.U. Tests Approved for Schools To Sue Over Student Drug Testing
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