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Acton v. Vernia
Transcript of Acton v. Vernia
When students take a urine test, the school is only looking for drugs and not for any other medical concerns the student may have. The drug test that the urine is screened for is a standard test. Tests are taken randomly and are not varied according to a students race or background in order to provide equal protection to all students. The results of the tests are shared only to school personnel who have a need to know. THANKS FOR WATCHING Lets take a closer look. Conclusion Random Drug testing of high school athletes does not violate the reasonable search and seizure clause of the 4 Amendment and does not violate the 14 Amendment. Because taking urine tests is a medical exam the school must do to protect the athletes while playing sports. The tests are taken at random and are not varied according to a students race or background in order to provide equal protection to all students and not single a specific person out. When the urine sample is taken it is similar to a student using a public restroom which does not violate their privacy so it is not unreasonable. The main point is that schools must do whatever it takes to protect students/athletes safety even if it means that outweighs a single students rights. www.supremecourthistory.org www.oyez.org TH THE FINAL REASON Privacy expectations are even lesser to students who participate in school athletics. Athletes are required to "suit up" before each practice or event and shower and change afterward. Public school locker rooms are known for not very much privacy. The locker rooms in Vernonia are like many other schools: no individual dressing rooms the shower heads are lined up along a wall, not separated by any curtains; not even all the toilet stalls have doors. It is important to understand that when obtaining the urine sample the procedure taken is nearly identical to a student using a public restroom. Any privacy interest regarding a urine test is found not to be an unreasonable search. www.law.cornell.edu resources Resources Schools are allowed to bend the rights that the general public may have. This is done in order to conduct certain procedures to keep students safe and remain in control. Students who voluntarily participate in athletics must go though physical and medical examinations. This is to ensure that they are healthy enough to join sports. A urine test is just another medical exam needed by the school to participate in athletics. This test is necessary to keep athletes safe while playing sports and to prevent less injury on the field. It has been proven that athletes taking drugs have expierenced more injuries while practicing and competing in sports. TH TH