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FFA Student Takes a Stand, Sues the Schoolboard

Magazine article Techniques

FFA Student Takes a Stand, Sues the Schoolboard

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When the Tulia, Texas, school board voted to implement random drug testing on students-including those not suspected of using drugs-high school senior Hollister Gardner made it very clear he was opposed to the measure. Never mind that his father is a school board member, Gardner sued the board, saying that a random drug test would violate his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Gardner is president of Tulia High Schools National Honor Society, a band member and a member of FFA and Future Teachers of America.

In January-just after Gardner filed the law suit-six of the seven school board members voted to bar him from extracurricular activities for refusing to undergo drug testing. The one dissenting vote was his father, Gary Gardner, who also was the only board member to vote against implementing the drug tests.

Both Gardners argue that the 266question survey Tulia High School students took in 1994 about their drug use was poorly written and misleading. "I didn't realize how bogus it was until I read it," Gary Gardner says. "The questions are loaded to get a positive result."

According to the survey results, 27 percent of the students admitted to using illicit drugs sometime in their lives and 10 percent said they had used marijuana in the month prior to the survey. …

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