Jan 022017
 

Scott Greenfield writes:

As Jacob Sollum notes at Reason, the good news is that the en banc Eighth Circuit held that blanket drug testing for students at Linn State, or officially, State Technical College of Missouri, was unconstitutional.

Last week a federal appeals court ruled that requiring incoming students at a state college to surrender their urine for drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. The decision is a welcome departure from a body of case law that usually defers to the government’s perception of “special needs” that supposedly justify analyzing people’s bodily fluids without a warrant or any evidence that they pose a threat to public safety.

The bad news is that the kids still have to pee in a cup if they want to be in certain programs at Linn State, characterized as “safety sensitive.”

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