Pubdate: Sat, 06 Jul 2002
Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX)
Copyright: 2002 Amarillo Globe-News


For the second time since 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right 
of school districts to administer drug tests to students participating in 
extracurricular activities, and therefore address the welfare of the school 
and the student body rather than some misperceived right to privacy.

The court ruled 5-4 June 27 that schools can administer drug tests to 
students in competitive after-school activities, broadening its previous 
ruling that applied only to student-athletes.

We hope this finally clears the air in the Panhandle, where school 
districts in Tulia and Lockney have been on the forefront of a national debate.

School districts have a responsibility to provide a safe environment, and 
this includes for students who participate in football or the French Club. 
As far as athletics, schools should provide a level playing field void of 
the unfair advantage of certain drugs.

The opportunity for students to participate in these activities is just 
that - an opportunity, not a right. A drug test is no more a rights 
infringement than Texas' no-pass, no-play rule. A drug test is not a 
condemnation of the student body, but a method to address a problem that 
could have devastating consequences.

Students are required to have updated vaccination records.

Why should an issue that could affect their very lives be prohibited 
because of a mistaken constitutional concern that has twice been declared 
invalid in the past seven years?
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