Urine Trouble: Drug Testing of Students & Teachers in Public Schools

  • Frank Butler St. Joseph's University
Keywords: drugs, public schools, searches, Fourth Amendment


Non-individualized (so-called "random") drug testing in public schools presents issues of Constitutional law on both the federal and state levels, particularly with regard to citizens' freedom from "unreasonable searches and seizures." The trend toward increasing acceptance of such testing by the courts (and particularly the U.S. Supreme Court) stands in tension with public-health approaches to preventing abuse of psychoactive substances. This paper analyzes the major legal, social, and ethical challenges presented by random drug-testing in schools.    




Author Biography

Frank Butler, St. Joseph's University

Frank Butler received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in criminal justice, both from Temple University. He is a graduate student in Education at St. Joseph’s University. His research interests include juvenile justice, social ethics, and criminal law.

How to Cite
Butler, F. (2012). Urine Trouble: Drug Testing of Students & Teachers in Public Schools. Current Issues in Education, 15(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/805