ACLU Sues Calif. School District Over Drug Testing

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Northern California school district's drug testing policy.

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.
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Information from: Record Searchlight, http://redding.com

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