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Vernonia School District V. Acton 1995
Transcript of Vernonia School District V. Acton 1995
What if the test was positive?
If the test was positive athletes could choose to take counseling and six more weeks of drug tests or sit out the rest of that season and the next season.
Reasons the case went to the Supreme Court
This case might have violated the right to privacy under the 4th Amendment.
It also upheld the constitutionality of random drug testing by the public schools in the vernonia district.
The Supreme Court held that the drug tests were searches under the 4th Amendment.
In a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school district.
It was said that the tests were not a privacy violation because it is like using a public bathroom.
The Court held that the test were searches but they were reasonable in preventing the teenage drug use.
What was the testing program?
All athlete students had to take a drug test at the beginning of a season. Then be randomly selected during the season for another test.
Effects on American Life
This case effected searches and seizures policy. Helping everyone in school with purses and bags.
It also lowed the drug use in the district.
Background of the Case
Vernonia District noticed a rise in the drug use of students. They went into trial.
The football and wrestling coaches noted they had a witness in injuiries to a student with drug use.
In conclusion, they had presentations and speakers to lead away from drug use. Also Schools had a testing program.