Teaching Supreme Court Cases: Drug Testing in High School Athletics

This blog and the accompanying resource are part of a Shaped monthly series providing teachers for Grades 6–12 with downloadable U.S. history classroom resources and discussion topics.

The Fourth Amendment protects people "against unreasonable searches and seizures." So, when it comes to the subject of drug testing in high school athletics, what is considered acceptable, and under what circumstances would this amendment be violated? This was precisely the question that the 1995 Supreme Court case Vernonia School District v. Acton aimed to address.

Take a look at the resource below (also available for download as a PDF!) to learn about an important Supreme Court case surrounding drug testing in K–12 schools and the Fourth AmendmentDistribute the following handout to your students so that they have a solid background on the case and can answer the two questions provided.

Classroom resource and student questions available for download.

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