Higher Learning

The court also backs schools' right to randomly screen students for drugs

One might say that Lockney, a small farming community in the Texas panhandle, was ahead of its time. A couple of years ago, with local drug trafficking and addiction on the rise, the local school district adopted one of the strongest drug-testing policies in the country: all kids in Grades 6 through 12 were subject to mandatory drug tests, with spot checks throughout the semester. "Our purpose was to provide a deterrent for the students, not to catch them," says superintendent Raymond Lusk. "If they were caught, there'd be consequences, certainly, but that's not why we did it."

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