Lockney School Board To Meet 

Lockney School Board To Meet 
Posted by FoM on March 23, 2000 at 14:54:09 PT
By Jessica Raynor, Globe-News Staff Writer 
Source: Amarillo Globe
Larry Tannahill will have his last chance to appeal the Lockney school board's mandatory drug-testing policy when he appears before the board at its regular meeting tonight. Tannahill refused to give consent for his 12-year-old son Brady Tannahill to take the drug test along with about 400 students at the beginning of February. 
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. School board meetings usually are conducted in the board room, but school officials expect a large turnout. The meeting is Larry Tannahill's last step in his appeal process. He first talked with junior high school principal Terry Ellison and then with Lockney schools superintendent Raymond Lusk. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the school district, naming Brady and Larry Tannahill as plaintiffs. It says the school district disregarded the student's Fourth Amendment right against illegal search and seizure. Larry Tannahill said in February that he believed the school district was saying its students are guilty before being proved innocent. Refusing to take the test equals a positive result, Lusk said, and that means the student will have to serve three days of in-school suspension, have three drug-counseling sessions and 21 days of suspension from extracurricular activities. After the ACLU filed its lawsuit, Larry Tannahill said he had reservations about how far his complaint has gone. "I wish we didn't have to go through something like this," he said this month. He said he hoped something would be resolved at the school board meeting tonight. Larry Tannahill could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Don Henslee, the Austin attorney representing the Lockney district, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He has said the district has the opportunity to change its policy, but it doesn't believe it violated any rights. Brady Tannahill will not be punished during the lawsuit proceedings, lawyers from both sides said. Henslee said a preliminary injunction meeting will be conducted in a few weeks. Lockney:Web Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2000  2000 Amarillo Globe-News  Related Articles:Father Fights School Suspension of Son Over Mandatory Drug Tests News Drug Testing Archives: 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 25, 2000 at 23:37:59 PT:
Man Says Lawsuit Led to His Firing
 Man Says Lawsuit Led to His FiringReutersWashington Post, March 25, 2000; Page A02 AMARILLO, Tex., March 24A Texan who is suing his small-town school district for requiring students to take drug tests said today he was fired from his job because of anger at his stance among the 2,100 residents of Lockney.Larry Tannahill, who has refused to allow his 12-year-old son Brady to submit to the mandatory drug tests, said he was fired as a farmhand because his employer, Lindan Morris, who also runs a farm implement store, was under pressure from the community over Tannahill's lawsuit. Morris confirmed the firing a day after the school board heard a final appeal of Tannahill's case but took no action.  Copyright 2000 The Washington Post Company
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