Pubdate: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 Date: 04/21/2000 Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX) Author: David & Lori Earls Note: See numerous Lockney articles in MAP archives We have read the numerous articles about Larry Tannahill's challenge to the Lockney Independent School District's drug testing policy, and we could not help but be astounded by the reaction of the local townspeople. It is our opinion that Mr. Tannahill is doing exactly the right thing by raising this challenge. Our family has taken similar steps in Oklahoma where our children attend school. Last summer we challenged the Tecumseh School Board's drug testing policy that requires urine tests for certain academic courses. This is something that was not done on simply a whim. Going against what seems on the surface to be a very popular decision by the school board is indeed difficult. We have been told more than once: "If your kids aren't doing drugs, they shouldn't be afraid to take the drug test," or, "If I have to take a drug test at work, my kids should have to take one, too." What we are hearing is this: You must prove your innocence. We could not disagree more! We are proud that Mr. Tannahill has decided to take a public stand against drug testing of the students in his son's school and would like to show our support. We also feel that those in Lockney who support him behind the scenes should also support him in public. In closing, we would like to share a quote from Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas that sums up this situation: "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." DAVID & LORI EARLS, Tecumseh, Okla.