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DRUG TESTING OR PERSONAL FREEDOMS Should school officials be allowed to use student and undercover cops as informants within the school mass suspicionless searches random urine testing and tactics such as these to deter drug use among students The answer is no because these tactics invade personal freedoms Yet the Supreme Court has time and again rubber-stamped drug war tactics used against students The Court has consistently upheld the power of school authorities to curb students freedoms in the name of saving them from drugs Hollister Gardner is a student from West Texass Tulia High School He maintained an A average while serving as president of the National Honor Society drum major in band and treasurer of Future Farmers of America Gardner rebelled last year when he was informed that in order to keep participating in these extra-curricular activities that he would have to pass a drug test Having never been involved with drugs he was jaded at the implication that he was guilty until proven innocent Gardner believed that the fourth amendment of the Bill of Rights protects United States citizens from such warrentless searches without reasonable suspicion Gardner never signed his release form and when the school notified him that he could no longer participate in after-school activities he sued the Tulia Independent School District Representing himself in federal court Gardner argued the school boards drug-testing policy is unconstitutional The school district cant test just because they feel like testing he said People fought and died for these rights and they are not to be given up to the Tulia School Board just because they think they can take them from you Not unexpectedly Gardner and his family have paid emotionally academically and financially for their stand Gardner was not allowed to show his pig at the agricultural fair with the other members of his FFA chapter His sister Sarah who also did not sign her consent form was told that she
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