District Challenges Random Drug Tests of Athletes

The conduction of random urine tests by the Wahkiakum district authorities on student athletes of middle and high school has been challenged by many parents in the State Supreme Court.  In a number of decisions at the state High Court, privacy rights were supported and the practice of conducting random tests was disallowed. Although privacy was protected in this state, the district was seized with the matter of ensuring that students do not abuse performance enhancing drugs (Ammons, 2007).

This procedure commenced in the month of October 1999 and any student athlete who is found to have consumed performance enhancing drugs is at risk of being dismissed from the team. In 2006, the Superior Court of Wahkiakum County, decided that such testing of students was permissible if all other methods had failed to reduce the consumption of such drugs. An appeal was made against this decision in the Supreme Court of the state. Some of the judges during the hearing of the case opined that in small towns if a student athlete was discovered to have failed a drug test, then such a failure would spread all over town.

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Moreover, several of the judges closely questioned the concerned lawyers, in an effort to garner greater details of the procedure being adopted by the district authorities. The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that the American Civil Liberties Union has taken become a party to this dispute, in order to bring to an end this testing procedure (Ammons, 2007).The situation obtaining in some of the districts like Olympia, North Thurston, Shelton and Tumwater was that there were no such tests being conducted.

One of the high school athletic directors stated that they had never conducted such a test on any student. The athletes in these districts have become signatories to an athletic code that proscribes the consumption of performance enhancing drugs. The authorities conduct a drug test on students who arouse reasonable suspicion of having consumed drugs. This is a far cry from the high handedness of the Wahkiakum district authorities (Ammons, 2007).ReferencesAmmons, D.

(2007, May 9). District challenges random drug tests of athletes. Retrieved May 15, 2007,from The Olympian Online: http://www.theolympian.com/130/story/101366.html