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Student Drug Testing

Drug testing elementary and high school students taking part in athletics and other school programs is valid. In the case Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995), the Court upheld random drug testing of high school athletes. In the subsequent case Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County et al. v. Earls (2002), the Court extended that ruling to middle and high school students participating in any extracurricular activity.


Locate a case dealing with random drug testing of elementary or high school students.

In your main post:

  • Explore the Court’s reasoning that drug testing is a minimal intrusion to students.
  • Assess whether the interests of the government in this line of cases are important enough to override the individual privacy protection.
  • Articulate whether you, as a criminal justice professional, believe these rulings should also extend to college students.

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