Teens Challenge Drug Tests

By all accounts, 16-year-olds Lindsay Earls and Daniel James are academic all-stars. She's in the choir. He's on the academic team.

But both say they were made to feel ashamed when they were forced to take a drug test as part of a new school policy, reports CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts.

"It was humiliating," says Earls. "It made me feel that I'd done something that I hadn't done."

The two teens are part of a lawsuit filed Wednesday morning by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Tecumseh Board of Education in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

"A lot of people will say they're opposing the drug testing, they're a bunch of dopers," says James. "No, it's nothing like that. I'm a lifeguard. I'm a peer counselor."

It's a policy that once applied only to athletes. Now kids in the choir, the school band or any after-school activity are required to submit to a random drug test.

Supporters of random testing say it will help reduce drug and alcohol use in high school. It's an idea that's debated every fall.

More than 300 school districts in at least 12 states will conduct random drug tests this year, and dozens more are considering it.

The ACLU's Graham Boyd says, "Those who do activities like choir and band, the activities being done in this Oklahoma school, are the least likely kids of all to use drugs."

There is no scientific proof random drug testing reduced drug use in any school district that's tried it. Now the measure will be tested in a court of law.
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