Pemberton did not immediately return TPM's request for further comment. The drug test costs $50, paid for by students, and it screens for cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs. If a student fails the test, he or she is put on probation and has the option to take another test a later date, while staying on probation. But why force the drug tests at all?
"The mission of LSTC is to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning," the college's drug screening FAQ says. "Drug screening is becoming an increasingly important part of the world of work. It is also believed it will better provide a safe, healthy, and productive environment for everyone who learns and works at LSTC by detecting, preventing, and deterring drug use and abuse among students."
Naturally, the program has raised a few eyebrows. Dan Viets, a lawyer and member of the Missouri Civil Liberties Association, said "They're trying to break new ground here. I don't think the courts will uphold it."
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