Girl, 11, sues Pa. district over school drug tests

Mar 21, 2012, 7:20 PM

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania middle school student is suing her district over a drug testing policy that’s required if she wants to participate in choir and other activities.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said Wednesday it filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 11-year-old girl and her parents. They say the policy violates privacy rights under the state constitution and want a county judge to prevent the Solanco School District from enforcing it.

The lawsuit says the Peach Bottom sixth-grader at Swift Middle School was removed from the orchestra and chorus, and can’t participate in athletic or academic teams, because she won’t consent to having her urine screened on a random basis by school officials.

A message left for district Superintendent Martin Hudacs wasn’t immediately returned.

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