Supreme Court rules for random drug tests

July 2, 2002, midnight | By Nora Toiv | 20 years, 5 months ago

According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court ruled that students who participate in any after school activities may be subjected to random drug tests.

The Supreme Court decision was made on June 27 in a 5-4 decision. The tests had previously only been allowed for student athletes. The court ruled against a former Oklahoma high school honor student who was in the choir and on the academic quiz team and felt "humiliated" after being subjected to the drug test.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the Court's majority opinion: "We find that testing students who participate in extracurricular activities is a reasonably effective means of addressing the school district's legitimate concerns in preventing, deterring and detecting drug use."

Some Court officials have hinted that they are interested in possibly pursuing the issue, allowing random drug tests for all middle school students as well.

Senior Shira Levy thinks that the random drug testing is not in violation of student's rights. "If people have nothing to hide, they shouldn't really have a problem with it," she said. "It's not like we have the right to do drugs."

Senior Alieu Terry agrees that sports participants should be tested but not other students. "If you're a good athlete then you don't use drugs because you know you can't do your best if you do [drugs]," he said.

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