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School drug tests ruled unconstitutional in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) — A U.S. district court judge in Lubbock has ruled that a Texas school district's policy of compulsory drug testing for all students is unconstitutional.

Judge Sam Cummings handed down the ruling on Thursday against the South Plains district of Lockney which started screening all middle school and high school students for drugs last year.

"We were pretty confident in our case. I'm not surprised that we won," said Larry Tannahill, the Lockney resident who sued the district last March.

Tannahill argued that the testing violated his son Brady's right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure as set out in the fourth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.