ACLU files suit over drug testing at Linn State

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | 3:21 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a central Missouri college from drug testing its students.

The suit by the ACLU of Eastern Missouri was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City. Attorney Tony Rothert said the suit asks the court to end the drug testing at Linn State Technical College in and to return the $50 fee charged for the testing program to students' accounts.

A spokeswoman for Linn State said the college had not seen the suit, and declined comment.

The two-year college instituted the widespread testing program this school year, saying the tests necessary to ensure student safety at a campus where coursework includes aircraft maintenance, heavy engine repair and other dangerous tasks.


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