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DECISIONS Young’s e-mail address is gyoungnlj.com. a high school’s random drug and alcohol testing program did not violate the unreasonable search and seizure provisions of the New Jersey Constitution, the New Jersey Supreme Court said on July 9. Joye v. Hunterdon Cent. Bd. of Educ., No. A-27-2002. After staff at New Jersey’s Hunterdon Central Regional High School concluded that there existed a severe drug abuse problem, the school board established a random drug and alcohol testing program, at first for student athletes, and later for any student holding a school parking pass or engaging in extracurricular activities. A group of parents sued, arguing that the suspicionless searches violated the unreasonable search and seizure provisions of the New Jersey Constitution. A trial court held for the parents, but an intermediate appellate court reversed. The parents appealed. Applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s “special needs” test, the state’s supreme court upheld the testing program, holding that the school board demonstrated a special need-protecting students from the drug problem at the school-for conducting suspicionless searches of students participating in extracurricular activities.

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