Drug Testing in Schools

This lesson calls for students to take a stand on whether there should be drug testing in schools or not. Students stand along a spectrum – ranging from “test everyone” to “never test anyone” – to represent their position on the issue. As the class discusses and debates, students are encouraged to consider opposite views, and can move along the spectrum to reflect changed opinions. The lesson concludes with a conversation about the possible outcomes of the policies brought up during the session.

Pottawatomie v. Earls (2002)

Is a school system’s random suspicionless drug-testing of students involved in extracurricular activities in violation of the Fourth Amendment? This Supreme Court case summery answers some questions about students’ rights in a high school setting.

Grades 9-12
Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
Research (Digests of Primary Sources)