ACLU Sues Oklahoma School District Over Student Drug Testing 8/20/99

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint against a rural Oklahoma school district that administers drug tests to all students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities.

Other school districts have employed mandatory drug-testing, but many of the activities in the Tecumseh School District are tied to the student's classes. Students who refuse to submit to the urine test for the activity would then be forced to drop the associated class, thus losing credits for graduation.

The ACLU contends this is a violation of a student's right to a public education, as well as the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

"First, schools wanted to test student athletes, then it was students in extracurricular activities, and now it's students competing in quiz bowls and performing in chorus, where does it end?" said Graham Boyd, Director of the ACLU's Drug Policy Litigation Project. "The district's drug testing policy is more about symbolism than substance. Tecumseh officials initiated urine testing without any evidence of a drug problem at the school and at a time when government reports show that teen drug use is on the decline nationally."

The ACLU's complaint is available online at http://www.aclu.org/court/tecumseh.html.

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