ACLU Sues to Block Missouri College’s Mandatory Drug Tests

Linn State Technical College, the Missouri institution that began mandatory drug-screening of all new students this fall, has run into a court challenge, as civil libertarians had predicted. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit in federal court today accusing the college of violating students’ Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful searches and seizures. Kent Brown, a lawyer for Linn State, told the Associated Press that a federal judge had met with lawyers from both sides and had issued an order temporarily blocking the college from enforcing the policy, pending a hearing.

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