ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal judge placed a temporary block Wednesday night on a comprehensive new drug-testing program for students at a Missouri college after the American Civil Liberties Union went to court challenging the tests’ constitutionality.
The ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed suit earlier Wednesday on behalf of six students at Linn State Technical College, seeking an injunction to end what it called the “suspicionless” screenings of all first-year students and some returning students for drugs including cocaine, methamphetamines and oxycodone.
Linn State implemented the program this fall, saying it was necessary to ensure student safety at a school where the coursework includes aircraft maintenance, heavy engine repair, nuclear technology and other dangerous tasks.
The two-year college has 1,200 students and campuses in the mid-Missouri towns of Linn, Jefferson City and Mexico.
Kent Brown, an attorney for Linn State, told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday night that following a conference with lawyers for both sides, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order staying further implementation of the drug tests until an evidentiary hearing can be scheduled.
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