REDDING, Calif.—The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Northern California school district's drug testing policy.ACLU sues Calif. school district over drug testing
The ACLU filed a lawsuit that contends Shasta Union High School District's policy violates the state Constitution.
It's forcing students involved in athletics, choir, band, drama and other extracurricular activities to take drug tests. It's an expansion of a policy that has applied to student athletes since 1999.
ACLU attorney Michael Risher says it's unnecessary and that random drug testing without any suspicious behavior violates students' privacy.
The group filed the suit Dec. 5 in Shasta County Superior Court.
Small groups of students have been tested once a month since the policy started in August.
Superintendent Jim Cloney says the policy complies with state law.
Once again I find myself agreeing with the ACLU.
ACLU Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Shasta Union High School District’s Invasive Mandatory Drug Testing Policy
“Schools already have the authority to test or search any student if they think they’ve been using drugs.” said Michael Risher, ACLU-NC Staff Attorney. “But to test students without any suspicion of drug use just because they want to participate in activities like the math team or band isn’t just unconstitutional, it’s also irrational.”
This is also being perpetrated by the generation that tried everything, demanded freedom for anything and everything they wanted to do. Still are, with growhouses and pot, yet this is the same generation who has declared 'zero tolerance' for anything and everything their children want to do.