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WAYNE and JUDY ACTON guardians ad litem for JAMES ACTON, Plaintiffs
vs.
VERNONIA SCHOOL DISTRICT 47J, Defendant


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Issues:
Drugs, random testing, Fourth Amendment, search, refusal
 
Case Summary:
Wayne and Judy Acton file suit against the Vernonia School District. The couple claims tthe district's drug testing policy violates rights protected by the Fourth Amendment. School officials denied the Acton's son permission to particpate in school-sponsored sports because he refused to submit to a drug screen.
 
Decision of lower jurisdiction:
This is the first judicial review of this case.
 
Outcome:
The Actons lose. The United States District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that the testing of public school students does not violate the Fourth Amendment. Furthermore, the court stated that the school district has an interest in keeping schools and students drug free.