Attorney: School needs lesson on Fourth Amendment

Friday, October 5, 2018
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Bill of RightsA public school district in Indiana has announced it will drug test students participating in extracurricular activities, a policy that is being criticized by a longtime civil liberties attorney. 

Henryville High School and Borden High School are going to randomly select 10 students each quarter and test them for 10 drugs.

John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute says any type of drug test of a student ---- swabbing a mouth, drawing blood --- is an invasion of privacy.

Whitehead, John (Rutherford Institute)"It's an invasion of the body," he complains. "It's what our Founding Fathers gave us in our Constitution. They said the government cannot do this."

A public school is operated by the government, he says, which makes school officials agents of the government. So the civil liberties attorney calls this a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment when they test students without probable cause.

"We've moved into a very dangerous territory here," warns Whitehead. "And I would hope these schools would refocus and start teaching the Constitution. What I've found as a constitutional lawyer dealing with young people is most of them don't have any idea what's in the Constitution. We're not teaching it anymore."

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Do you depend on the network news to keep up with events of the day?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

5.1-magnitude quake hits North Carolina, causes minor damage
World donors demand change before money to rebuild Beirut
DC shooting leaves 1 dead, some 20 injured
Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election
Body removed months after hotel collapsed under construction

LATEST FROM THE WEB

The myth that lockdowns stop pandemics
The costs kids will pay for fall school closure
Lockdowns never again: Sweden was right, and we were wrong
Political correctness in space: NASA to remove offensive names from planets and other heavenly bodies
Rep. Walker calls for Falwell's resignation from Liberty University

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
School choice – what it is ... and what it isn't

SAT exam students takingA national pro-school choice organization has created a guidebook for voters to counter what it calls the misinformation being dispensed by opponents of the alternative available to families.