The ACLU reports the story quite well
This week, a college in Missouri broke the law and violated the Fourth Amendment rights of its students. Linn State Technical College became the first public institution of higher learning to implement mandatory drug testing of all new students, as well as those returning from extended leaves of absence.
What a way to welcome back the student body.
Keep in mind that we are talking about college students who have done nothing to arouse suspicion of drug use. In fact, the only thing they are guilty of is enrolling at Linn State. The ironic part is that the school has stated that they donâ€™t believe they have a higher rate of drug use than students at any other college.
This is a very clear violation of the 4th Amendment, and it’s so incredibly wrong.
Here’s where it gets surreal and, in some ways, quite scary…
Linn State argues that their drug screening program serves as a way to prepare students for the real world of employee drug testing.
We’ve talked before about the fact that one of the dangers of extra-curricular drug testing in public schools is that it builds in young people the sense that providing pee to the government (proving your innocence) is a normal part of being a citizen in this free society.
Now, Linn State takes that a bizarre step further by educating its students that employee drug testing is so natural, that you should… practice it.
Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, also quite common in the workplace. Will Linn State next require all its students to pay to be sexually harassed?